The Fountainhead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What spoils Peter's joy at winning the "most beautiful building" contest?

2. Francon and Toomey agree about architecture for what reason?

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

4. Why does the Dean consider Roark to be insubordinate?

5. When the Heller house is finished, how is it received?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Discuss the idea of "ownership" in the relationship between Dominique and Roark.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In no less than two handwritten pages, identify and explain some of the symbolism Ayn Rand employs in "The Fountainhead."

Essay Topic 2

In no less than two handwritten pages, discuss the character of Dominique and why Francon thinks he failed her as a father.

Essay Topic 3

The main theme of "The Fountainhead" is the conflict between Individualism and Collectivism. Write a few paragraphs that show how Rand illustrates the opposite points of view.

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