Atlas Shrugged Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the surprising question Francisco poses to Dagny at the wedding reception?

2. What news does James Taggart receive that Dagny had predicted?

3. What is the problem Rearden sees in any government that professes to run by committee for the "public good."

4. What does Phillip want to leave Henry's house?

5. What sarcastic comment does Dagny make to James Taggart and Wesley Mouch?

Short Essay Questions

1. Write a few paragraphs on why Hank Rearden does not mind supporting his idle family but refuses to give Phillip a job he is not qualified to handle.

2. Why is the idea of "motive" so important in the novel? Explain in detail.

3. 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.

4. Describe how the chain is viewed by Henry Rearden, Lillian Rearden, and Dagny Taggart. Explain its significance to the story.

5. Lillian demands the Rearden Metal bracelet back and threatens to tell everyone that Dagny is sleeping with her husband. What is the irony of that situation?

6. When an agreement is reached that closes the John Galt Line and the Rio Norte Line, what does Francisco mean when he asks Dagny if they had murdered John Galt?

7. As James Taggart and Dagny discuss plans for Taggart Transcontinental, James' attitude sets the stage for the real conflict in ATLAS SHRUGGED. Explain.

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

9. Explain how the mystery of Eddie Willers' unnamed friend in the cafeteria and the shadowy man Dagny sees outside her office add to the suspense of the novel.

10. What is the significance of "the best hamburger" Dagny has ever tasted when she goes to the diner in Wyoming?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a few pages, define the manufacture of Rearden Metal and why Taggart, Boye, and Mouch were so afraid of it.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay explaining your personal feelings about the socialist government in ATLAS SHRUGGED.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the character of Phillip Rearden. How is he unlike his brother Hank?

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