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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the conflict between Francon and Gail Wynand?
(a) They compete for the affections of Lili Landau.
(b) Wynand wants to marry Francon's daughter.
(c) Wynand thinks Francon is going to take over his newspaper.
(d) Francon is jealous of Wynand's privileged upbringing.

2. Why does Katie show up at the apartment of Peter and his mother?
(a) She had a sudden fear that something was wrong.
(b) She wants to warn Peter about Dominique.
(c) She was overly fond of Peter's mother.
(d) She wanted to break her engagement to Peter.

3. What is the chief reaction of the public to Stoddard's temple?
(a) They like the building but hate the statue.
(b) They praise its originality.
(c) They call it blasphemy.
(d) They think it is a new religion.

4. What does Jimmy Gowans want Roark to design and build for him?
(a) A gas station
(b) An office building
(c) A house like Heller's
(d) A hotel

5. What does Toohey write in his column about the Enright house?
(a) Again he attacks Roark as revolutionary.
(b) He says that Roark is insane.
(c) He writes that the house is like a box.
(d) Nothing. He refuses to mention it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the socialist theme of Toomey's book, "Sermons in Stone"?

2. Why does Roark find himself unable to get a job?

3. Why does Peter Keating offer to do Davis' work after hours?

4. Unable to get work as an architect, what does Roark do to earn a living?

5. What is Roark's philosophy about designing a building?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the idea of "ownership" in the relationship between Dominique and Roark.

2. In what way does Mrs. Keating represent all the obstacles Roark will have to face to be true to himself?

3. When Roark refuses to design a building according to Francon's specifications, he is fired. When he goes to see Gordon Prescott who wrote an article about giving young architects a chance, he is rebuffed. How do these events help to develop the theme of integrity?

4. How does Roark's self defense at his trial sum up Rand's statement about the value of the individual over socialism?

5. Explain why Wynand does not listen to Dominique when she warns him about Toohey.

6. Unlike Roark whose drive is centered on self-control and perfecting his work, Wynand is driven by revenge and breaking people who have wronged him. How does he try to dominate Roark and with what result?

7. Explain how Snyte's idea of building by committee underscores the failure to deliver what the client wants.

8. Ellsworth Toohey praises Francon's Melton Building because of its horizontal lines as opposed to the vertical lines of Cameron's skyscrapers. In what way does he think the horizontal lines are superior?

9. What are the similarities and differences between Howard Roark and Steven Mallory?

10. As Cameron becomes ill and gives up, Roark continues to think for himself. At the same time, Ellsworth Toohey is gaining a larger following for his idea of collectivity versus individualism. How does this foreshadow the struggles that Roark will face?

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