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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. How is Dominique disappointed in her relationship with Roark?
(a) She thinks it is too easy to control Roark.
(b) She feels that he has gained power over her.
(c) She plans to stop seeing him.
(d) She wants to change and be supportive of his work.

2. What do people say about Roark's work after the opening of the Enright house?
(a) It is the new direction all architecture will follow.
(b) It is a work of genius.
(c) It is an improvement over the classical style.
(d) It is cold and inhuman.

3. Before his death, what warning does Cameron give Roark?
(a) He warns against trusting Peter.
(b) He warns against marrying Dominique.
(c) He warns against going against public tastes.
(d) He warns against the power of Wynand's newspaper.

4. 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 took candy to do other students' homework.
(c) He sprays water on Johnny Stokes' new suit.
(d) He only attends parties of popular students.

5. What is the real meaning behind Dominique's critique on the Enright house?
(a) She is subtly saying that it is a work of genius.
(b) She says that it is a ridiculous looking structure.
(c) She writes that it should be copied by other architects.
(d) She thinks the houses near it make it look all that much worse.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Peter finally get to meet Dominique?

2. What did Toohey think was a "cosmic joke?"

3. Why is Dominique disappointed when she verifies that Roark is reading her articles?

4. What happens when Roark and Dominique meet up at the Holcombe party?

5. What is the socialist theme of Toomey's book, "Sermons in Stone"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Dominique's idea that beautiful things should not exist in the real world.

2. 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?

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

4. 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.

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Contrast the difference between Roark and Peter as they attend Kiki Holcombe's party.

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