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. How does Rand use the party to show the superficiality of the communist guests?

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

3. What is the image Francisco d'Anconia has in the public eye?

4. Dr. Stadler talks about having known John Galt who he believes is dead. What is his recollection of Galt?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. How does the Twentieth Century Motor Company demonstrate the results of the communistic idea of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need"?

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. Explain the significance of the mysterious Halley's Fifth Concerto in developing the novel.

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

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

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

10. Dagny sees Hank Rearden as a "man who belongs on earth." Explain why.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pretend you are a book reviewer for your local paper. Write a short review of ATLAS SHRUGGED saying why you would or would not recommend it.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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