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 does Katie feel for Peter when they meet by accident on the street?

2. How does Dominique discover that Roark will be the architect for her new house?

3. After Dominique returns from Reno, where are she and Wynand married?

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

5. How does Wynand react when he discovers that Dominique helped Roark destroy Cortlandt Homes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Wynand presents Dominique with a diamond necklace, they have two different takes on where the money came from to pay for it. What were those points of view and what did each one mean?

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

5. 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.

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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