The Fountainhead Test | Final 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 is the gift Toohey sends to Gail Wynand?

2. What condition does Roark place on doing the Cortlandt Homes design?

3. What legal right does Roark maintain gave him the authority to destroy Cortlandt Homes?

4. What is Dominique's name at the end of the novel?

5. What is the next project Wynand wants Roark to take on?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Roark goes to meet with Wynand about building his house, he goes to the "Banner" planning to reject the commission. Describe how and why the meeting changes Roark's mind.

2. Wynand begins to find some inner peace from visiting the building site of his new house. Discuss the reasons for this change in Wynand.

3. Discuss how Rand uses Dominique's perceptions of Wynand and Roark to distinguish between greatness and drive.

4. In spite of his socialist tutoring from Toohey, Peter retains some sense of "I." How does Rand use Dominique to illustrate that point?

5. Contrast Peter's situation when he goes to get help once again with Roark's willingness to take on the Cortlandt Homes project.

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

7. Explain why Wynand does not listen to Dominique when she warns him about Toohey.

8. What is the danger in Wynand's new found moral attitude after he comes under the influence of Roark?

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

10. Unlike Roark whose drive is centered on self-control and perfecting his work, Wynand is driven by revenge and breaking people who have wronged him. How does he try to dominate Roark and with what result?

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 a critique of Rand's writing style. How does she choose vocabulary? Are her sentences short or complicated? How does she use adjectives and adverbs to describe a scene or person? Give specific examples.

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