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 Dominique's name at the end of the novel?

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

3. What is the basic difference between Roark and Wynand?

4. Although Wynand actually does love Dominique, what is more important to him in their relationship?

5. Why does Toohey tell a policeman to arrest him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. Roark tells Peter that "it is I who have destroyed you." Explain what he means by that statement.

9. On board the yacht, how does Rand use the setting to voice her opposition to socialism?

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

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

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

In two or three handwritten pages, discuss Mrs. Keating as a mother. When she was hurrying Roark out of her rooming house to see the Dean, Rand writes that it was "as though she feared the decision [to expel Roark from Stanton] might be reversed." Why would she fear that? What does that tell you (1) about her character, and (2) what she really thought about Peter's ability?

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