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

2. What is Owen Kellogg's reply to Dagny when she asks him why he is resigning from Taggert Railway?

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

4. What is the irony of the State Science Institute's demand for 10,000 tons of Rearden Metal?

5. A theme that runs throughout ATLAS SHRUGGED is one which shows strength and character outside but emptiness and moral corruption inside. What metaphor does Ayn Rand use to illustrate this idea?

Short Essay Questions

1. Francisco engineers a huge financial fraud on the Mexican government and greedy shareholders like James Taggart and Orren Boyle. Then he asks Dagny, "Who is John Galt?" How does Rand use his character to build suspense?

2. After her plane crash, Dagny wakes up in the valley that Rand compares to Atlantis, a lost continent. What does she then realize?

3. 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?

4. Francisco d'Anconia, heir of the d'Anconia Copper Mining empire, has developed a reputation as a playboy and a dilettante. Itemize the events in his early years with Dagny and James Taggart that are contradictory to that image.

5. When Francisco comes to visit Dagny in the cabin near Woodstock, what idea does she have about the disappearance of so many business people?

6. Describe Dagny's reaction when Danagger says to her, "Well, done, Dagny."

7. Describe the meeting between John Galt and Dr. Stadler.

8. Discuss Francisco's parting message to the world before he, too, disappears.

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

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

Essay Topic 2

The novel opens with New York's buildings being dingy and gray; toward the middle, even the elevators cannot go past the 25th floor; in the end, New York simply disappears. Write an essay explaining the symbolism of New York in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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

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