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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. At the firm of John Eric Snyte, what type of building design is assigned to Roark?
(a) Modern
(b) Renaissance
(c) Colonial
(d) Classical

2. What happens when Roark shows up uninvited at Dominique's door?
(a) He tells her who he really is.
(b) He destroys the new fireplace.
(c) He refuses to make love to her.
(d) He takes her by force.

3. Why does Peter want Roark to abandon his plan to open his own firm?
(a) Peter thinks Roark will no longer have time to help him with his designs.
(b) Peter really wants to be partners with Roark.
(c) Peter knows that Roark will fail and wants to save him.
(d) Peter knows the value of Roark's work and fears the competition.

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

5. What is the unexpected coincidence involving Katie Halsey?
(a) She is good friends with Dominique Francon.
(b) She accidentally runs into Peter at the museum.
(c) She happens to be the niece of Ellsworth Toomey.
(d) She moves from Boston to New York to be with Peter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Peter learn from Francon?

2. What happened to the Sanford house after it was completed?

3. When Dominique reveals that Toohey got Roark the job of building the temple to destroy him, what is Roark's reaction?

4. What brings about the downfall of Henry Cameron?

5. What event marked the beginning of Roark's own architecture firm?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character flaws in Peter Keating in regard to both Heyer's death and his winning the Cosmo-Slotnik competition.

2. In 1892, Henry Cameron was the most promising architect of his day, having introduced the idea of the skyscraper. One year later, the popular classical designs of the Columbian Exposition of Chicago ruined Cameron's career. How does Ayn Rand use this to introduce the ideas of individualism versus socialistic dogma?

3. Considering the number of jobs Roark did not get or turned down, explain the difference between Roark and Peter Keating.

4. At the beginning of the novel, Howard Roark stands naked on a granite cliff preparing to dive into the waves below. Describe how this scene sets the stage for the entire novel.

5. Explain how Roark's getting his hands dirty at a building site wins over the admiration of the electrician, Mike.

6. 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?

7. Discuss Roark's idea that architectural form should follow function.

8. Discuss Rand's use of premonition in chapter 12 when Katie shows up at Peter's apartment.

9. How do the conflicting passions of Roark and Dominique result in an act of violence?

10. Identify and explain two events from Toohey's childhood which began a pattern of behavior he uses in adulthood.

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