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

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

3. What best describes Peter's proposal to Katie?
(a) It is lukewarm and emotionless.
(b) It is his only way to get close to Ellsworth Toomey.
(c) It is to get back at Dominique Francon.
(d) It is romantic and exciting.

4. Why does Katie show up at the apartment of Peter and his mother?
(a) She wants to warn Peter about Dominique.
(b) She had a sudden fear that something was wrong.
(c) She was overly fond of Peter's mother.
(d) She wanted to break her engagement to Peter.

5. Why does Francon contact Roark on the design of a new building?
(a) Francon secretly admires Roark's independent ideas.
(b) The client rejected all of the designs Francon presented to them.
(c) Peter is out of town and does not want the job.
(d) Francon knows Roark will compromise with his ideas of classicism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the chief reaction of the public to Stoddard's temple?

2. What indicates that John Eric Snyte regretted firing Roark?

3. Why does Henry Cameron retire?

4. Why does Roark return to New York?

5. What event prevents Peter from marrying Katie?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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?

3. Discuss Roark's idea that architectural form should follow function.

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

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. Discuss the idea of "ownership" in the relationship between Dominique and Roark.

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

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