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

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

3. Why is the opening of the temple canceled?
(a) Toohey is not ready to destroy Roark.
(b) It is postponed because there needs to be more publicity.
(c) Mallory has not finished the stature.
(d) Stoddard is horrified at the design.

4. What does Toohey call the "Unfinished Symphony"?
(a) The Cosmo-Slotnik building.
(b) His plan to destroy Roark.
(c) Mallory's career as a sculptor.
(d) The Aquitania Hotel project.

5. 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 gets a job at the bank.
(c) He takes a job as a short order cook.
(d) He goes to work for Mike in a quarry.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Dominique contrive to get Roark to her father's house in Connecticut?

2. What was the result of Dominique's articles on the slums?

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

4. What happens to the temple that is now a home for "subnormal children"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

7. When Roark refuses to design a building according to Francon's specifications, he is fired. When he goes to see Gordon Prescott who wrote an article about giving young architects a chance, he is rebuffed. How do these events help to develop the theme of integrity?

8. 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?

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

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

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