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. What indicates that Katie is disillusioned with "selflessness"?

2. How was Roark able to reopen his architecture business?

3. What is the real meaning behind Dominique's critique on the Enright house?

4. How does Peter Keating get rid of Claude Stengle?

5. What do people say about Roark's work after the opening of the Enright house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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.

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

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

7. Contrast the difference between Roark and Peter as they attend Kiki Holcombe's party.

8. After being fired from her job, Dominique begins a series of self-punishments. How does Peter Keating come into this picture?

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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

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