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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. How does Dominique react when Toohey accuses her of being in love with Roark?

2. What stands in the way of Peter's becoming a full partner with Francon?

3. How does Dominique feel about Roark in Connecticut?

4. What happens when Roark shows up uninvited at Dominique's door?

5. What is the conflict between Francon and Gail Wynand?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Both Dominique and Toohey want to destroy Roark's career. Contrast their reasons for wanting to do so.

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

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

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. 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.

7. What are the similarities and differences between Howard Roark and Steven Mallory?

8. Discuss the significance of Peter's intimidation by Lois Cook.

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Toohey is Roark's nemesis in the novel. All through the story, Toohey seems to fear Roark, but Roark has no fear of Toohey. Write an essay explaining why you think that is true.

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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