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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. Where does Peter finally get to meet Dominique?
(a) At a rally where Ellsworth Toohey is speaking
(b) At the opening of his latest building
(c) At a party given by Kiki Holcombe
(d) In her father's office

2. Unable to get work as an architect, what does Roark do to earn a living?
(a) He decides to marry a wealthy widow.
(b) He takes a job as a short order cook.
(c) He goes to work for Mike in a quarry.
(d) He gets a job at the bank.

3. What is Roark's philosophy about designing a building?
(a) He thinks buildings should not be pleasing to the eye.
(b) He believes the design should grow out of the purpose for the building.
(c) He thinks buildings should be shocking to the public.
(d) He believes his ideas should come from great architects of the past.

4. What is Peter's condition when he visits Katie and insists they marry the following day?
(a) He is afraid that Katie will reject him.
(b) He is finally happy with his life.
(c) He is drunk.
(d) He is angry with himself for testifying in Roark's favor.

5. What event in Toohey's childhood marks the beginning of his conflict with the bright and the beautiful?
(a) He only attends parties of popular students.
(b) He took candy to do other students' homework.
(c) He makes fun of his parents.
(d) He sprays water on Johnny Stokes' new suit.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Roark find himself unable to get a job?

3. What is Lois Cook's criteria for her new house?

4. How does Dominique react when Toohey accuses her of being in love with Roark?

5. How does Dominique feel about Roark in Connecticut?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Toohey successfully manipulates Stoddard into hiring Roark to design and build his "temple." When it is finished, Toohey creates an uproar among the public by denouncing it as "blasphemy." Although Dominique regrets the public reaction, she still agrees to testify for Stoddard in the lawsuit he files. How does Dominique explain her actions?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. In 1892, Henry Cameron was the most promising architect of his day, having introduced the idea of the skyscraper. One year later, the popular classical designs of the Columbian Exposition of Chicago ruined Cameron's career. How does Ayn Rand use this to introduce the ideas of individualism versus socialistic dogma?

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

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