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 does Dominique think her private relationship with Roark gives her when they meet in public?

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

3. What brings about the downfall of Henry Cameron?

4. What event prevents Peter from marrying Katie?

5. What is Lois Cook's criteria for her new house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the conflicting passions of Roark and Dominique result in an act of violence?

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Rand tells us that Howard Roark laughs. Write an essay about his laughter and what it tells you about his character.

Essay Topic 2

Write two or three pages explaining what parts of Rand's philosophy you agree with and which parts you disagree with. Discuss examples such as her depictions of religion, labor unions, corporate boards of directors, and capitalists like the owners of Monadnock Valley project.

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 9, Toohey is described in the university as the student all others turned to for advice. Rand writes that "people noticed Ellsworth Toohey seldom let a boy pursue the career he had chosen." Write an essay on why Toohey was compelled to guide students away from their aspirations.

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