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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. In his own defense, how does Roark contrast himself as a creator with those who preach selflessness?
(a) He says his position is wrong and he is sorry.
(b) He says selflessness encourages creativity as a group effort.
(c) He sees that he cannot win and throws himself on the mercy of the court.
(d) He says a creator's work pushes man forward while the others are parasites.

2. What legal right does Roark maintain gave him the authority to destroy Cortlandt Homes?
(a) His aesthetic superiority.
(b) Breach of contract.
(c) The Fifth Amendment.
(d) Free speech.

3. What is Roark's commission at the end of the novel?
(a) He is working for Peter and building a new bank.
(b) He is building the Wynand building in Hell's Kitchen.
(c) He is rebuilding the Cortlandt Homes project.
(d) He is building a house for him and Dominique.

4. Who takes over the Cortlandt Homes project?
(a) Dominique Francon.
(b) Roger Enright.
(c) Ellsworth Toohey.
(d) Gail Wynand.

5. How does Toohey make his move to take over the "Banner"?
(a) By recalling the paper that had his article in it.
(b) By buying more of the paper's stock.
(c) By leaving quietly after he is fired.
(d) By writing an article denouncing Roark.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the next project Wynand wants Roark to take on?

2. Why does Wynand go often to the building site where Roark is working?

3. What becomes of Toohey?

4. Peter gets the design for "The March of the Centuries" exposition at the World's Fair. Why did Roark turn it down?

5. How does Dominique feel about the Wynand building?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roark's destruction of Cortland Homes relate to his sense of integrity?

2. Discuss the high price Wynand puts on Peter getting the Stoneridge Homes commission.

3. Wynand begins to find some inner peace from visiting the building site of his new house. Discuss the reasons for this change in Wynand.

4. Discuss the symbolism of the Wynand Building rising from Hell's Kitchen.

5. Contrast Peter's situation when he goes to get help once again with Roark's willingness to take on the Cortlandt Homes project.

6. Unlike Roark whose drive is centered on self-control and perfecting his work, Wynand is driven by revenge and breaking people who have wronged him. How does he try to dominate Roark and with what result?

7. Toohey works hard to see that Roark is convicted. Why is he so intent on that outcome?

8. What is Rand's message about public opinion as Wynand loses control over the "Banner"?

9. Roark can stand tall because everything he has done has been his alone and he bears the responsibility for its success or failure. How does this contrast with the attacks against Wynand's newspaper?

10. What is the significance of Peter's going once again to Roark when he cannot come up with a design for the Cortlandt Homes project?

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