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 does Dagny object to about the San Sebastian Line?

2. How does Rand indicate that Wesley Mouch, Rearden's Washington lobbyist, may not be working in Rearden's interest?

3. Before Hank Rearden, Dagny has had only one lover. She will not tell Rearden his name. Who was he?

4. What is the cryptic question that sets the mood of suspense in ATLAS SHRUGGED?

5. When Dagny demands to be made Vice President in Charge of Operations, what reason does Jim give her for opposing the idea?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the message John Galt gives to the people when he takes control of the radio frequency.

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

3. In the chapter Rand calls "Account Overdrawn," how does the author picture the results of the socialist government's regulations?

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Describe how differently Dagny and Cherryl work to get out of an unacceptable situation.

7. 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.

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

9. As they take their leave, the city of New York disappears as they fly over. Explain the significance of that.

10. Explain the significance of the $ sign on the cigarettes.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Nathaniel Taggart, the founder of the Taggart Transcontinental.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper contrasting Eddie's and Dagny's feelings about Francisco. Eddie says, "He makes me feel safe." Dagny says, "He makes me expect excitement and danger."

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the names of characters and businesses Ayn Rand uses in ATLAS SHRUGGED.

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