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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 Dominique agree to testify against Roark when he is sued by Stoddard?

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

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

4. How does Dominique feel about Roark in Connecticut?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Even after Dominique gives testimony that should have swayed the jury, Stoddard wins the lawsuit. Gail Wynand cables the "Banner" to fire Dominique. What is the significance of Dominique's reaction to being fired?

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

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

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

5. Toohey successfully manipulates Stoddard into hiring Roark to design and build his "temple." When it is finished, Toohey creates an uproar among the public by denouncing it as "blasphemy." Although Dominique regrets the public reaction, she still agrees to testify for Stoddard in the lawsuit he files. How does Dominique explain her actions?

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Write an essay that explains the fall of Peter Keating and the reasons for that fall.

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