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. 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"?

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

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

4. What is happening to trains everywhere in the nation?

5. How does Dagny deal with the failure of communications on the Taggart Transcontinental when copper wire breaks and cannot be quickly replaced?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Dagny sees the wheels of her railroad cars as being symbolic of something she and Hank continue to fight for. Explain.

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

5. After her return, Dagny is invited to speak on national radio. Describe her appearance on the show.

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

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

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

9. What happens in the valley that indicates that Dagny is not yet ready to drop out and join everyone there?

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

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

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

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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