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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. When Peter feels the stress of the strike, where does he go with Katie?

2. What does Peter think of Roark's design for the Enright house?

3. What comment does Roark make to Dominique about his work in the Quarry?

4. What does Roark do to help Peter?

5. How is it clear that Peter knows Dominique is in love with another man?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. As Cameron becomes ill and gives up, Roark continues to think for himself. At the same time, Ellsworth Toohey is gaining a larger following for his idea of collectivity versus individualism. How does this foreshadow the struggles that Roark will face?

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

4. Considering the number of jobs Roark did not get or turned down, explain the difference between Roark and Peter Keating.

5. 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?

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

7. In what way does Mrs. Keating represent all the obstacles Roark will have to face to be true to himself?

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay contrasting the characters of Dominique and Katie. Explain how Dominique represents the Independent thinker and Katie represents the Dependent thinker.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In two or three handwritten pages, discuss Mrs. Keating as a mother. When she was hurrying Roark out of her rooming house to see the Dean, Rand writes that it was "as though she feared the decision [to expel Roark from Stanton] might be reversed." Why would she fear that? What does that tell you (1) about her character, and (2) what she really thought about Peter's ability?

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