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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 agree to go to the Holcombe party?

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

3. Why is the opening of the temple canceled?

4. Why does Katie show up at the apartment of Peter and his mother?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Toohey works hard to see that Roark is convicted. Why is he so intent on that outcome?

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. Toohey seems to be gaining the upper hand in his quest to take over the "Banner." What is the significance of the public turning against Wynand's publication?

4. What is Rand's message about public opinion as Wynand loses control over the "Banner"?

5. Discuss the symbolism of the Wynand Building rising from Hell's Kitchen.

6. 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?

7. Discuss the meaning Rand places on the last meeting of Peter and Katie.

8. What do the reactions of Ellsworth Toohey and Alvah Scarret say about their political leanings?

9. On board the yacht, how does Rand use the setting to voice her opposition to socialism?

10. How does Roark's destruction of Cortland Homes relate to his sense of integrity?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In two or three handwritten pages, discuss Mrs. Keating as a mother. When she was hurrying Roark out of her rooming house to see the Dean, Rand writes that it was "as though she feared the decision [to expel Roark from Stanton] might be reversed." Why would she fear that? What does that tell you (1) about her character, and (2) what she really thought about Peter's ability?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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