Summary & Analysis
Part One, Chapters I–II
Part One, Chapters III–IV
Part One, Chapters V–VI
Part One, Chapters VII–VIII
Part One, Chapters IX–X
Part Two, Chapters I–II
Part Two, Chapters III–IV
Part Two, Chapters V–VI
Part Two, Chapters VII–VIII
Part Two, Chapters IX–X
Part Three, Chapters I–II
Part Three, Chapters III–IV
Part Three, Chapters V–VI
Part Three, Chapters VII–VIII
Part Three: Chapters IX–X
James (Jim) Taggart
Important Quotations Explained
Full Book Quiz
Analysis of Major Characters
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
Part One, Chapters 1–2
Part One, Chapters 3–4
Part One, Chapters 5–6
Part One, Chapters 7–8
Part One, Chapters 9–10
Part Two, Chapters 1–2
Part Two, Chapters 3–4
Part Two, Chapters 5–6
Part Two, Chapters 7–8
Part Two, Chapters 9–10
Part Three, Chapters 1–2
Part Three, Chapters 3–4
Part Three, Chapters 5–6
Part Three, Chapters 7–8
Part Three: Chapters 9–10
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Full Book Quiz
. What kind of company does Dagny Taggart run?
A steel mill
An automobile manufacturing plant
A transcontinental railroad
An oil company
. What does the rhetorical question “
Who is John Galt?”
Hopelessness and futility
A joy of living on earth
Fear of mysticism and religion
A yearning for identity and self-definition
. What does Hank Rearden invent?
The secret of eternal youth
A motor capable of drawing power from static electricity in the air
An alloy lighter than steel and twice as strong
A new kind of smelter for copper
. Who is the most powerful man in Washington?
Jim Taggart, president of the nation’s largest railroad
Wesley Mouch, head of the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources
Hank Rearden, inventor of Rearden Metal
Midas Mulligan, the nation’s richest banker
. Why did Lillian marry Hank Rearden?
She wanted to destroy him
She admired his great capacity to produce
She wanted to defy her elitist, socially conscious parents
She pitied him
. Why do Dagny and Rearden drive to the Twentieth Century Motor Company?
They have heard that something very significant once happened there
They wish to find the owner and ask him to return to the world
They need to purchase machine parts, which are quickly becoming impossible to find
They know that it is the only truly worthwhile factory still in operation
. How does Dagny find a good engineer to reconstruct the static engine?
She hires a gaunt, intelligent man she meets on the street
She goes to Robert Stadler for help
She pays Rearden to send over one of his own engineers
She hires a young man who calls himself John Galt
. Why does Dagny become Galt’s maid in the valley?
She wants to pay off the damage she caused to his house
Everyone must have a job in the valley
She does not wish to use the bank account waiting for her in Mulligan Bank
She wants to prove to Galt that she is domestically inclined
. How does Rearden know Dagny has fallen in love with another man?
When describing her relationship with Rearden over the radio, Dagny used only the past tense
He smelled someone else’s cologne on her
He received a letter from Lillian informing her of Dagny’s infidelity
He secretly followed her into the valley
. What is the intent of Directive
To freeze the economy in its current state
To ease the government stranglehold on big business
To bring John Galt to justice
To eliminate competition from foreign companies
. According to Francisco, what has replaced the Aristocracy of Money?
The Aristocracy of Fraud
The Kings of Comedy
The Czar of the Bizarre
The Aristocracy of Pull
. Why did Francisco remain as head of d’Anconia Copper?
He knew that Dagny would not forgive him if he quit
He wished to save the company from ruin
He had to deliberately destroy it, or it would stand for centuries
He wanted to defy John Galt’s strict code
. Why is Eddie Willers troubled to see Rearden’s robe in Dagny’s apartment?
He thought that Rearden had long ago disappeared
He has been in love with Dagny for years
He knows that Dagny is now John Galt’s lover
Rearden is an outspoken opponent of marital infidelity
. What formula does Ragnar Danneskjold use to determine how much to deposit in his accounts for the victimized industrialists?
The amount of money they will need to rebuild their companies after the strike
The total sum of the taxes they paid to the federal government
Their relative moral worth
The losses they took under Directive
. Why is the John Galt Line closed down?
Its strong new rail is needed to patch up a transcontinental line
Many clients and investors are afraid that Rearden Metal will not be able to support the weight of a freight train
Dagny’s retirement destroys Taggart Transcontinental
The Taggart Bridge collapses, and the company desperately needs Rearden Metal to rebuild it
. What job has John Galt been doing all along?
Furnace foreman at Rearden Steel
Track laborer for Taggart
Thug at the State Science Institute
Cook at a small diner
. Which ships does Ragnar Danneskjold sink?
Those that carry foreign aid supplies stolen from America’s industrialists
Those that do not fly a triangular white flag
Those that carry pure gold
Those that have never participated in war
. Why did Richard Halley quit?
His most beloved concerto was a failure
Society only accepted his work because he had suffered
He spotted John Galt watching one of his operas
He could no longer find inspiration in a corrupt world
. What is the Wet Nurse’s real name?
His name is never revealed
. Who is John Galt?
A brilliant inventor who accidentally inspired a revolution when he quit the Twentieth Century Motor company
Eddie’s grease-stained cafeteria friend
All of the above
. How does Mr. Thompson find John Galt?
Dagny makes an angry phone call
Robert Stadler suggests he have Dagny followed
Wesley Mouch devises a scheme
An ambitious young radio engineer traces the source of Galt’s broadcast
. How does the Ferris Persuader work?
By torturing the subject with sharp, random bursts of electricity
By stripping the subject of resistance through a recently discovered chemical agent
By invoking the subject’s pity with hundreds of pictures of human suffering
By pure illusion, impressing in the subject a great, unfounded fear of torture
. What does Jim Taggart finally realize he is motivated by?
The desperate need to destroy greatness
A sick, twisted pity for others
Pure, blind greed for unearned money
An unconfessed lust for his sister Dagny
. Which of Halley’s concertos is played throughout the strikers’ valley?
His Third Concerto
His Fourth Concerto
His Fifth Concerto
His Sixth Concerto
. Why does John Galt address the nation on the radio?
He wants to explain the strike
He wants to announce the availability of his motor
He has accepted the job of Economic Dictator
He is running for office
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