Atlas Shrugged Test | Final 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 is the secret of their location kept from the outside world?

2. What is the coincidence of Dagny stopping the conductor from throwing a vagrant off the train she is taking to see Quentin Daniels?

3. How does John Galt mock the government men when the power goes out at the State Science Institute while he is still strapped to Project F?

4. At the end of the novel, what is Eddie Willers left with?

5. Who is the handsome blond man Dagny meets on her first morning in the valley?

Short Essay Questions

1. Eddie Willers is left alone with the last train broken down in the desert. How does Rand portray the result of the communist rule?

2. Discuss the fact that Dagny refuses to take money from John Galt unless she works for it.

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

4. As the world economy crumbles, describe the condition of Hank's family.

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

6. Describe the invitation John Galt gives before he leaves the air.

7. What happens when Washington politician Kip Chalmers insists that the stalled Comet go on through a dangerous tunnel because he has a speaking appointment in San Francisco.

8. As the Cuffy Meigs of the world gain control and the country is rapidly deteriorating, how does James Taggart view his personal situation?

9. What dramatic change takes place in the character of Cherryl Taggart? Explain.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

ATLAS SHRUGGED was written about 1957. In the story, all of the major governments on earth have become socialistic. Write an essay describing what New York City looked like at that time.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Write a short paper about what Francisco left behind in Mexico. Why did he pay top dollar for inferior materials?

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