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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 indicates that John Eric Snyte regretted firing Roark?
(a) He now believes that Roark will become the greatest architect of the day.
(b) He tries to lure him back into his firm with an offer of more money.
(c) He wants to please Austen Heller who likes Roark.
(d) He believes he can control Roark if he is working for Snyte's firm.

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

3. What happens when Roark shows up uninvited at Dominique's door?
(a) He destroys the new fireplace.
(b) He refuses to make love to her.
(c) He takes her by force.
(d) He tells her who he really is.

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

5. Why does Cameron fire Roark?
(a) Roark is insubordinate.
(b) Roark's work is sub-standard.
(c) He believes that working for him will harm Roark's career.
(d) The other draftsmen do not like Roark.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Toohey get offered a job as a Banner columnist?

2. What event prevents Peter from marrying Katie?

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

4. Why do Roark and the electrician, Mike, become great friends?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are the similarities and differences between Howard Roark and Steven Mallory?

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

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

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

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

10. Peter's lack of integrity comes to light in his efforts to get Claude Stengel's job. How does the method he uses to accomplish his purpose relate to the theme of the book?

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