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

2. When the Heller house is finished, how is it received?
(a) Peter Keating wants to design houses just like it.
(b) It gets rave reviews from Ellsworth Toohey.
(c) Everyone now wants houses designed by Roark.
(d) It is either ignored or ridiculed.

3. 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 was overly fond of Peter's mother.
(c) She wants to warn Peter about Dominique.
(d) She wanted to break her engagement to Peter.

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

5. Why does Henry Cameron retire?
(a) He thinks Roark is taking business from him.
(b) His business is a failure.
(c) He has enough money to live on for the rest of his life.
(d) He loses the use of his eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the unexpected coincidence involving Katie Halsey?

2. When Peter feels the stress of the strike, where does he go with Katie?

3. Why does Roark return to New York?

4. What happens to the sculptor Mallory?

5. What stands in the way of Peter's becoming a full partner with Francon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Discuss the irony of Peter going to Roark for help with his Cosmo-Slotnik competition design.

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

6. 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?

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

8. Discuss how Rand accuses critics of distorting reality when Peter finally meets Toohey.

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

10. 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?

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