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 so unusual about the cigarette Dagny gets from Dr. Hugh Akston?

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

3. What does Rand mean by the title, "White Blackmail"?

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

5. What does Rearden sell off after the bill banning people from owning multiple businesses is passed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

7. Explain the symbolism of the Twentieth Century Motor Company as Dagny and Hank find it.

8. Using the example of the Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog rule, explain in a few paragraphs how eliminating competition by legislation destroys productivity.

9. Briefly explain Dr. Stadler's surprise that the motor Dagny found was being developed in a remote automobile factory.

10. Explain the conflict within Francisco when he discovers that Rearden had ordered copper from his mines in Argentina.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about John Galt's relationship to the other characters.

Essay Topic 3

Write about Ellis Wyatt the first time he meets Dagny. Describe him as a businessman.

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