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

2. Why does the Dean consider Roark to be insubordinate?
(a) Roark refuses to accept only the classical styles that the school teaches.
(b) He fears that Roark might get his job.
(c) He thinks Roark's buildings are unsafe.
(d) Roark prefers swimming to paying attention in class.

3. What does Peter learn from Francon?
(a) The social skills needed for success
(b) How to improve his designs
(c) The need to avoid Ellsworth Toomey
(d) How to become an independent thinker

4. What are Roark's criteria for designing a new building?
(a) Materials, site, and purpose
(b) Social mobility, fame, and wealth
(c) Beauty, size, and familiarity
(d) Bricks, location, and cost

5. What does Peter do with his "world's most beautiful building" contest design?
(a) He reminds the Stanton professor that he graduated from there.
(b) He takes it to Roark for improvement.
(c) He tells Toohey which one is his.
(d) He asks Dominique to give him her suggestions.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do people say about Roark's work after the opening of the Enright house?

3. When Peter suspects a man has changed Dominique, what does she tell him?

4. When the Heller house is finished, how is it received?

5. Where does Peter finally get to meet Dominique?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Rand's use of premonition in chapter 12 when Katie shows up at Peter's apartment.

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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.

10. 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?

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