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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 happens when Roark and Dominique meet up at the Holcombe party?

2. What does Toohey call the "Unfinished Symphony"?

3. Why does Roark return to New York?

4. At the firm of John Eric Snyte, what type of building design is assigned to Roark?

5. What does Peter do with his "world's most beautiful building" contest design?

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. Roark tells Peter that "it is I who have destroyed you." Explain what he means by that statement.

3. 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?

4. When Wynand presents Dominique with a diamond necklace, they have two different takes on where the money came from to pay for it. What were those points of view and what did each one mean?

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

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

7. Ellsworth Toohey praises Francon's Melton Building because of its horizontal lines as opposed to the vertical lines of Cameron's skyscrapers. In what way does he think the horizontal lines are superior?

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

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

10. Roark can stand tall because everything he has done has been his alone and he bears the responsibility for its success or failure. How does this contrast with the attacks against Wynand's newspaper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Collect a list of similes Rand uses in the novel. For example, in Part 3 Chapter 5, she writes, "[Keating] wondered whether his feet had left footprints on the carpet like the leaded feet of a deep sea diver." Write your opinion of how well you think Rand uses these similes to make the picture she is describing clearer.

Essay Topic 2

In Part 4 chapter 4, Gail Wynand says, "I am the most offensively possessive man on earth." Write an essay in support of his statement giving examples from the novel. Wynand believes he possesses Dominique. Do you think he really does?

Essay Topic 3

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

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