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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 comment does Roark make to Dominique about his work in the Quarry?
(a) It is the only thing he knows how to do.
(b) It is exciting.
(c) It helps build up his body.
(d) It is exhausting.

2. Why is Roark fired from the Snyte firm?
(a) Roark's design for the Heller house was defective.
(b) Austen Heller refused to allow Roark to design his house.
(c) He removed the work other architects added to his design for Austen Heller.
(d) He refused to work with Austen Heller.

3. Why does Peter Keating offer to do Davis' work after hours?
(a) It gives him a chance to learn more about design.
(b) Peter has nothing better to do.
(c) It is his plan to replace Davis as chief draftsman.
(d) Peter is always thinking of others more than himself.

4. Why does Roark hire Mallory to make the sculpture for the temple he is building?
(a) He wants to insult Toohey.
(b) He thinks he can get Mallory to work cheap.
(c) He thinks he can control Mallory.
(d) He thinks Mallory's work is excellent.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What event in Toohey's childhood marks the beginning of his conflict with the bright and the beautiful?

2. What does Dominique think her private relationship with Roark gives her when they meet in public?

3. Why is Dominique disappointed when she verifies that Roark is reading her articles?

4. Why is Roark expelled from the Architectural School of the Stanton Institute of Technology?

5. Who takes a shot at Ellsworth Toohey?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. Discuss Dominique's idea that beautiful things should not exist in the real world.

5. 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.

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

8. Discuss the significance of Peter's intimidation by Lois Cook.

9. Dominique writes that the Enright house is a "mockery to all the structures of the city." Most people believe that she is panning the building. What is her real meaning?

10. After being fired from her job, Dominique begins a series of self-punishments. How does Peter Keating come into this picture?

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