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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 event marked the beginning of Roark's own architecture firm?
(a) The death of Henry Cameron.
(b) When Peter secretly put up the money.
(c) Heller's check written out to Howard Roark, Architect.
(d) Snyte offering him a full partnership.

2. 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

3. When Peter suspects a man has changed Dominique, what does she tell him?
(a) She is in love with Roark.
(b) Toohey has changed her attitude toward men.
(c) She must find the quarry worker again.
(d) A quarry worker changed her.

4. What brings about the downfall of Henry Cameron?
(a) The structural weaknesses of his designs
(b) His alcoholism
(c) The Columbian Exposition of Chicago
(d) His lack of social graces

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Dominique reveals that Toohey got Roark the job of building the temple to destroy him, what is Roark's reaction?

3. What does Toohey say about himself that other people think he is joking about?

4. What does Peter tell Toohey about Roark.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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