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. Why does Toohey tell a policeman to arrest him?

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

3. What finally persuades Wynand to meet Dominique?

4. Why does Wynand say he will not destroy Dominique?

5. What sin does Peter confess after seeing Katie again?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Roark can stand tall because everything he has done has been his alone and he bears the responsibility for its success or failure. How does this contrast with the attacks against Wynand's newspaper?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Toohey seems to be gaining the upper hand in his quest to take over the "Banner." What is the significance of the public turning against Wynand's publication?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Toohey is Roark's nemesis in the novel. All through the story, Toohey seems to fear Roark, but Roark has no fear of Toohey. Write an essay explaining why you think that is true.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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