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. What does the Head of State Thompson want from Galt?

2. What is the symbolism of the explosion in the Colorado tunnel?

3. When Kellogg gives Dagny a cigarette marked with the $ sign, why does he give her an entire pack of the cigarettes?

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

5. In the former hotel suite of Francisco d'Anconia, what is the subtle meaning of that location when Rearden meets Mouch and the "Washington boys"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the revelation Dagny gets from the vagrant worker she invited to dinner on the train.

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

6. Describe the first meeting between Hank Rearden and Ragnar Danneskjtzld.

7. How does Rand now make it plain that Eddie Willer's cafeteria friend has been using him to spy on Dagny?

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

9. 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.

10. Francisco shows up to deliver Hank when an angry mod attacks his Rearden Metal plant. Why is this a turning point for Hank Rearden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about influence peddling. Refer to Cuffy Meigs sending train cars to Louisiana to pick up worthless soy beans while the grain crops in Minesota rot for lack of trasportation.

Do you think we see some influence peddling in our government today?

Essay Topic 3

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

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