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. Ultimately, what is the only light remaining on the earth outside of Atlantis?

2. What is Rand's symbol of the ultimate destruction of socialism?

3. After Francisco leaves her apartment, what does Dagny finally admit to Rearden?

4. How did Hank know that their affair was over before Dagny told him.

5. Hank realizes that their affair is over. What ended it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the events as Stadler finds them at Project X.

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. Summarize the message John Galt gives to the people when he takes control of the radio frequency.

9. As they take their leave, the city of New York disappears as they fly over. Explain the significance of that.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

In the mid 1950ds when ATLAS SHRUGGED was first published, things like refractor rays, light weight steel alloys, and sonic destroyers were fantastic. Write a few pages about how Rand's imagination may be nearer to the truth today.

Essay Topic 3

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

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