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 does Toohey say about himself that other people think he is joking about?

2. What does Peter tell Toohey about Roark.

3. What does Peter think of Roark's design for the Enright house?

4. How does Dominique react when Toohey accuses her of being in love with Roark?

5. What does Dominique think her private relationship with Roark gives her when they meet in public?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Rand's use of premonition in chapter 12 when Katie shows up at Peter's apartment.

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Discuss Dominique's idea that beautiful things should not exist in the real world.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following buildings designed by Roark and explain its importance to the story: (a) the Stoddard temple; (b) the gasoline station; (c) Monadnock Valley resort.

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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