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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 in the relationship between Roark and Wynand is distressing to Dominique?
2. Who finally tells Gail Wynand the name of the sculptor who did the statue Toohey gave him?
3. Why is Peter unhappy in his marriage?
4. Why is the defeat so devastating to Wynand?
5. Why does Wynand drop the gun after contemplating suicide?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Dominique use the story of the false theft of her diamond ring to take her stand for, instead of against, Roark?
2. What do the reactions of Ellsworth Toohey and Alvah Scarret say about their political leanings?
3. Discuss the meaning Rand places on the last meeting of Peter and Katie.
4. Roark tells Peter that "it is I who have destroyed you." Explain what he means by that statement.
5. How does Rand use the conversation between Wynand and Roark on board the yacht to express her views on socialism?
6. 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?
7. Describe how Gail Wynand's early childhood led to his great cynicism.
8. What is the danger in Wynand's new found moral attitude after he comes under the influence of Roark?
9. How does the new drama critic plan to exercise power over the public?
10. At the end of the novel, Dominique experiences a number of emotions while looking at the Wynand Building. What significance do these moments have to the story?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
After John Eric Snyte fires Roark, he tries to get him to return to his firm. Write an essay explaining why Roark would never go back to work for him.
Essay Topic 2
The main theme of "The Fountainhead" is the conflict between Individualism and Collectivism. Write a few paragraphs that show how Rand illustrates the opposite points of view.
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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