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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 does Toohey say about himself that other people think he is joking about?
(a) He says that he really does not understand architecture.
(b) He says that only he knows how to design buildings.
(c) He says that he is a dangerous man.
(d) He says that he is not a humanitarian.

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

3. What happens to the sculptor Mallory?
(a) He skips out on his bail.
(b) He receives a suspended sentence.
(c) He is sentenced to die.
(d) He goes to prison for twenty years.

4. How does Toohey get offered a job as a Banner columnist?
(a) He publishes his book.
(b) He threatens to organize a workers' strike.
(c) He offers to work for free.
(d) He is recommended by Francon.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the opening of the temple canceled?

2. What infuriates Dominique about the replacement fireplace?

3. How is Dominique disappointed in her relationship with Roark?

4. What does Toohey call the "Unfinished Symphony"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. Dominique and Roark meet as strangers without names. Like the moth to the flame, Dominique is drawn back again and again to watch Roark at the quarry. Discuss the significance of Roark's domination of Dominique.

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

8. 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?

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

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

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