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. Why does Roark return to New York?

2. What are Roark's criteria for designing a new building?

3. What does Toohey write in his column about the Enright house?

4. What happened to the Sanford house after it was completed?

5. What brings about the downfall of Henry Cameron?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. Discuss the irony of Peter going to Roark for help with his Cosmo-Slotnik competition design.

4. Discuss Roark's idea that architectural form should follow function.

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

As the book opens, Roark is poised to dive into the ocean. He is alone on a granite cliff and looking down at the crashing waves below. What is feelings can be derived from that picture about (A) Roark, (B) the granite cliffs, (C) the water below. Describe what each of those elements means to you.

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