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. Why can Dagny not learn the name of the third student at Patrick Henry University according to Dr. Akston?

2. James and Cherryl begin their unlikely romance. Where does James meet her?

3. Why does Phillip want cash instead of a check for Rearden's contribution to Friends of Global Progress?

4. Because of the Equity of Distribution Law, there is now a Deputy Director of Distribution handling all of Rearden Metal's orders. What is his nickname?

5. When a reporter asks Dagny, "Who is John Galt?" what is her answer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the significance of the turnout of Taggart employees and the armed guards every mile along the initial John Galt Line train.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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