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. Who finally tells Gail Wynand the name of the sculptor who did the statue Toohey gave him?

2. What is the meaning of the name of Wynand's yacht, the "I do"?

3. How does Toohey get his job back at the "Banner"?

4. How do we know that Wynand is not always aware of what his newspaper prints?

5. What is Roark's commission at the end of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss how Roark's Monadnock Valley Resort is in opposition to everything Toohey stands for.

2. What is the significance of Peter's going once again to Roark when he cannot come up with a design for the Cortlandt Homes project?

3. How does Wynand exonerate himself and regain his own integrity?

4. 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?

5. Describe how Gail Wynand's early childhood led to his great cynicism.

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

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

8. 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.

9. How does the new drama critic plan to exercise power over the public?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Rand tells us that Howard Roark laughs. Write an essay about his laughter and what it tells you about his character.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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