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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. Why does Roark agree to go to the Holcombe party?
(a) He wants to reject working for Holcombe.
(b) He has not eaten in several days.
(c) He knows Dominique will be there.
(d) He respects Peter and Toohey so much.

2. Who is the only person to see through Dominique's constant criticism of Roark's work in her column?
(a) Waynand
(b) Peter Keating
(c) Katie
(d) Ellsworth Toohey

3. At the firm of John Eric Snyte, what type of building design is assigned to Roark?
(a) Classical
(b) Renaissance
(c) Colonial
(d) Modern

4. What happened to the Sanford house after it was completed?
(a) It got high praise from the Architect's Guild of America.
(b) Mrs. Sanford changed it to look like other houses.
(c) Mrs. Sanford refused to live in it.
(d) It became the standard for all other new homes.

5. Why does Roark hire Mallory to make the sculpture for the temple he is building?
(a) He thinks Mallory's work is excellent.
(b) He thinks he can get Mallory to work cheap.
(c) He thinks he can control Mallory.
(d) He wants to insult Toohey.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Toohey write in his column about the Enright house?

2. Why does Peter want Roark to abandon his plan to open his own firm?

3. What does Roark do to help Peter?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character flaws in Peter Keating in regard to both Heyer's death and his winning the Cosmo-Slotnik competition.

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

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