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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 was the result of Dominique's articles on the slums?
(a) Dominique gets a new job in slum welfare.
(b) The landlords sell the slums.
(c) Waynand refuses to buy the slums.
(d) The landlords lower the rent on the slums.

2. 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.

3. What event in Toohey's childhood marks the beginning of his conflict with the bright and the beautiful?
(a) He makes fun of his parents.
(b) He only attends parties of popular students.
(c) He took candy to do other students' homework.
(d) He sprays water on Johnny Stokes' new suit.

4. Why is it difficult for Peter Keating to decide what to do after graduation?
(a) He is torn between his own desires and what others think he should do.
(b) He understands that people do not really like him.
(c) He knows he is a better architect than Roark.
(d) His mother wants him to accept a scholarship in Paris.

5. Francon and Toomey agree about architecture for what reason?
(a) They both see architecture as having certain bounds and limitations.
(b) They both predict radical changes in how buildings are built.
(c) They both believe in capitalism.
(d) They are both socialists.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Cameron fire Roark?

2. What event prevents Peter from marrying Katie?

3. Although Stoddard wins the lawsuit against Roark, what happens to Dominique?

4. When the Heller house is finished, how is it received?

5. What does Peter do with his "world's most beautiful building" contest design?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Both Dominique and Toohey want to destroy Roark's career. Contrast their reasons for wanting to do so.

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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.

9. 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?

10. Explain why Toohey supports the striking builders and how it fits in with his socialistic ideas.

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