Summary & Analysis
Part I: Chapters 1–5
Part I: Chapters 6–10
Part I: Chapters 11–13
Part I: Chapters 14–15
Part II: Chapters 1–5
Part II: Chapters 6–10
Part II: Chapters 11–15
Part III: Chapters 1–4
Part III: Chapters 5–9
Part IV: Chapters 1–5
Part IV: Chapters 6–10
Part IV: Chapters 11–15
Part IV: Chapters 16–20
Important Quotations Explained
Full Book Quiz
Analysis of Major Characters
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
Part 1: Chapters 1–5
Part 1: Chapters 6–10
Part 1: Chapters 11–13
Part 1: Chapters 14–15
Part 2: Chapters 1–5
Part 2: Chapters 6–10
Part 2: Chapters 11–15
Part 3: Chapters 1–4
Part 3: Chapters 5–9
Part 4: Chapters 1–5
Part 4: Chapters 6–10
Part 4: Chapters 11–15
Part 4: Chapters 16–20
Suggestions for Further Reading
How to Write Literary Analysis
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Full Book Quiz
. Where does Howard Roark stay during his years at Stanton?
A small housing project
The Keating family’s home
The shabbiest dorm building
With his engineering professor
. Why does Peter Keating choose to go to New York and work for Guy Francon?
Roark suggests he do so
Peter secretly hopes to begin an art career there
Peter’s mother manipulates him into moving
Peter has heard that Guy Francon’s daughter is very beautiful
. Why does Henry Cameron initially ask Roark to leave his office?
Cameron does not want Roark to suffer at the hands of the world
Roark does not accept anyone else’s authority
Cameron’s firm is bankrupt and he cannot afford Roark
Cameron’s richest client despises Roark
. What is Roark’s first building?
The Stoddard Temple
The Heller House
The Cosmo-Slotnick Building
The Enright House
. Why does Roark go work in Connecticut?
He cannot afford to keep his New York office open
He knows that Dominique is spending the summer there
He feels he needs more experience in a workman’s trade to complete his education
Wynand has ensured that no one in the city will hire him
. Why does Roark send another worker in his place to set the marble stone in Dominique’s fireplace?
He knows that if she sees him again, she will fire him
His friend needs the money more than Roark does
He has received a letter from Roger Enright calling him to New York
He wants to show Dominique that she needs him
. Why does Dominique criticize the drawings of the Enright House?
She feels the world does not deserve such perfection
She knows it is technically unsound
She thinks it does not have enough character
She is a great admirer of Peter Keating and wishes to help him
. Why is Gail Wynand’s yacht called
It is Wynand’s response to every man who ever told him, “You don’t run things around here”
It is an ironic reference to his notorious bachelor life
It is a declaration of Wynand’s affinity with the public will
It is a response to Dominique’s marriage proposal
. Why does Roark accept the Stoddard commission even though he has serious reservations about it?
Stoddard impresses him
Roark does not want Peter Keating to botch such an incredible project
Toohey has coached Stoddard to say precisely what Roark needs to hear
Roark is nearly bankrupt and needs the commission very badly
. Why does Stephen Mallory try to kill Ellsworth Toohey?
Because Toohey used his influence to rob Mallory of a commission
Because Mallory understands that Toohey represents a dangerous and malicious kind of cunning
Because Mallory does not want Toohey to interfere with Roark’s career
Because Mallory wishes to go to prison
. On whose behalf does Dominique craftily testify at the Stoddard Trial?
On Stoddard’s behalf
On Toohey’s behalf
On Mallory’s behalf
She does not testify
. What is the first thing we see Gail Wynand doing?
Sailing his yacht
Writing a letter to the President
Walking through New York
Holding a gun to his temple
. Why does Toohey send Wynand the statue of Dominique?
To atone for an earlier offense
To convince Wynand to destroy the model and the sculptor
To rouse Wynand’s interest in Dominique
To improve his public image by adding to Wynand’s famous gallery
. Why does Mike love Roark?
Because Roark gave him his first electrician’s job
Because Mike admires skill in every form, and Roark is supremely gifted
Because Mike loves all architects
Because Roark stays far away from building sites, giving Mike more freedom to work
. Why does Dominique suddenly regret her marriage to Gail Wynand and feel sorry for him?
Wynand is nobler than she expected, and she knows that she does not truly love him
She thinks that Roark will punish Wynand
Wynand is a worse scoundrel than she thought, and she feels surprised by him
She feels that he is too subservient to his staff
. Why is Roark hired to design the Monadnock Valley resort?
Because his brilliant design will mean the homes can be rented at an incredible profit
Because the governing board believes he is the worst architect in the country
Because Toohey suggests him to the board, knowing that the entire project will soon collapse in yet another scandal
Because Austen Heller fights on his behalf
. How does Roark defend himself at the Stoddard trial?
He submits only photographs of the temple
He agrees to pay the fine but begs the judge to let the building stand as it is
He reads a brief, stunning statement
He appears heavily intoxicated and stands silent
. How does Dominique change Gail Wynand?
She forces him to face the truth about the society that his paper serves
She teaches him to write architecture columns
She buys him a yacht
She is the first woman he sleeps with
. What is the Council of American Builders?
An electrician’s union of which Mike is a member
An advocacy group that works on Roark’s behalf
A council of young architects handpicked by Toohey
A radical terrorist group responsible for bombing the Cortlandt complex
. What does Dominique do after Roark destroys the Cortlandt Homes?
She flees to Cameron’s house in New Jersey
She blames Wynand for the crime
She slashes herself with glass and passes out in her car
She agrees to pay for its reconstruction
. For the Cortlandt trial, what kind of men does Roark look for when selecting the jury?
Jurors who seem compassionate
Jurors who are demolition experts
A select group of friends and colleagues
The least sympathetic group possible
. At whom does Roark first look after he is acquitted?
. How does Dominique make her affair with Roark public?
She writes and publishes an article in the
She calls the police from his home to report a missing ring
She holds a press conference in the Cord Building
She gets a private detective to take pictures of her with Roark and then sends them to Toohey
. Why does Wynand hire Roark to design the Wynand Building?
He wants Roark to make the statement he himself could never make
He wants to redeem himself
He wants to win back Dominique
He feels his old building is too cramped
. What does Roark do after Wynand and the
He publicly denounces Wynand
He forgives Wynand in a letter
He blows up the
He goes to a church to pray
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