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

2. What was the result of Dominique's articles on the slums?
(a) The landlords sell the slums.
(b) Dominique gets a new job in slum welfare.
(c) Waynand refuses to buy the slums.
(d) The landlords lower the rent on the slums.

3. What does Dominique think her private relationship with Roark gives her when they meet in public?
(a) Fear that he will say something
(b) A serious heatbreak
(c) A big laugh
(d) Power to control him

4. How do the newspapers treat Henry Cameron's retirement?
(a) They make no mention of his retirement at all.
(b) They give it little space and misspell the names of his buildings.
(c) They honor him as the premiere architect of all time.
(d) They devote a full page to his achievements.

5. What spoils Peter's joy at winning the "most beautiful building" contest?
(a) He knows that it was Roark's work that helped him win.
(b) He does not really like the design.
(c) Roark demands money from Peter for the work he did.
(d) People think the contest was rigged.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Dominique spend her wedding night?

2. How does Dominique get her information to write an article about the slums?

3. How does Peter Keating get rid of Claude Stengle?

4. Why does Roark return to New York?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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