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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 happens when Roark and Dominique meet up at the Holcombe party?
(a) They both pretend they have never met.
(b) Dominique grabs Peter and kisses him.
(c) Roark takes her back to his place.
(d) Dominique becomes upset and leaves the party.

2. What happens to the temple that is now a home for "subnormal children"?
(a) It is hidden by vines and trees.
(b) It is left just the way Roark designed it.
(c) Many architects make additions and changes to it.
(d) It is torn down and rebuilt.

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

4. Why is Roark dissatisfied at the Snyte firm?
(a) He gets credit for other people's work.
(b) No one wants to build his designs.
(c) His designs are altered by other architects.
(d) He dislikes designing modern style buildings.

5. 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 the value of Roark's work and fears the competition.
(d) Peter knows that Roark will fail and wants to save him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Katie show up at the apartment of Peter and his mother?

2. What is Lois Cook's criteria for her new house?

3. What happens when Roark shows up uninvited at Dominique's door?

4. Why is the opening of the temple canceled?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Toohey successfully manipulates Stoddard into hiring Roark to design and build his "temple." When it is finished, Toohey creates an uproar among the public by denouncing it as "blasphemy." Although Dominique regrets the public reaction, she still agrees to testify for Stoddard in the lawsuit he files. How does Dominique explain her actions?

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. 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.

8. Even after Dominique gives testimony that should have swayed the jury, Stoddard wins the lawsuit. Gail Wynand cables the "Banner" to fire Dominique. What is the significance of Dominique's reaction to being fired?

9. What is meant by the description of the Stoddard temple as being "like a corpse hacked to pieces and reassembled?"

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

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