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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A theme that runs throughout ATLAS SHRUGGED is one which shows strength and character outside but emptiness and moral corruption inside. What metaphor does Ayn Rand use to illustrate this idea?
(a) The old oak tree that was struck by lightning.
(b) The engine of a Taggart train.
(c) The deteriorization of New York City.
(d) The flaws in Rearden steel.

2. Who is the childhood friend of Jim and Dagny who now works for them?
(a) John Galt
(b) Eddie Willers
(c) Hank Rearden
(d) James Ellis Wyatt

3. What is Dagny's reply to Cherryl's comment that she is "the woman in the Taggart family"?
(a) You're welcome to the job.
(b) That's quiet all right. I'm the man.
(c) What am I? Chopped liver?
(d) Don't tell my dress maker.

4. What does Rand mean by the title, "White Blackmail"?
(a) Not really blackmail at all.
(b) A way of getting people to obey the laws and cooperate with the government.
(c) A way of manipulating people by passing aws and regulations that the influence peddlers want broken.
(d) Little white lies to get around the laws.

5. Why is James Taggart marrying Cherryl Brooks, the dime store clerk?
(a) To find real happiness
(b) To prove that communism will not work
(c) To show that he helps the underpriviliged
(d) To make an honest woman out of her because he got her pregnant

Short Answer Questions

1. What prevents Taggart Transcontinental from meeting Rearden's deadline for delivering steel?

2. When the Taggart board and the Washington influence peddlers meet, what is the irony of their meeting place?

3. Where does Dagny plan to start the first run of the John Galt Line?

4. What does Francisco d'Anconia say the socialists will use to replace "the aristocracy of money"?

5. What is the real outcome after the court fines Rearden $5,000 and gives him a suspended sentence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the symbolism of Lillian's taking Dagny's diamond bracelet in exchange for the Rearden Metal chain.

2. The "Immovable Movers" in Rand's novel are the industrialists like Dagny and Rearden who produce because it is in their blood to do so. They produce for the joy of accomplishment and thus provide for the society as a whole. Rand compares them to the mythical Greek god Atlas who purportedly holds up the world on his shoulders. Explain her conclusions.

3. Francisco engineers a huge financial fraud on the Mexican government and greedy shareholders like James Taggart and Orren Boyle. Then he asks Dagny, "Who is John Galt?" How does Rand use his character to build suspense?

4. Describe the meaning and the purpose of "white blackmail."

5. The title of the chapter, "The Exploiters and the Exploited" might suggest that the industrialists like Hank Rearden exploit the public by creating products for their own personal gratification. Rand, however, turns that around to suggest that the socialist government are exploiting the industrialists. Support that idea.

6. Rand introduces "Wyatt's Torch" as Dagny returns on the train to Wyatt Junction. What does the term suggest?

7. How does the scene of the broken furnace give Hank insight into Francisco's real character?

8. When Cherryl confronts Dagny and says that she is now Mrs. Taggart, the woman of the family, Dagny replies, "That's quite all right. I'm the man." Explain what she means by that comment.

9. Discuss the significance of the names Rand gives to the businesses in ATLAS SHRUGGED.

10. Discuss the different views from "the top" and "the bottom."

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