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					THE FOUNTAINHEAD--TOPICS
Select ONE of the following three topics:

1)    The conventional view is that in life one can either achieve practical success or
     be moral, but not both. What view of this relation do you think emerges in The
     Fountainhead? What is the novel‟s conception of success? Of morality? Explain by
     reference to characters and events of the story.

2)    For each of the following quotations from The Fountainhead, explain its meaning
     in the story and its wider significance.

     a)    Gail Wynand (to Howard Roark): “There‟s a particular kind of people that I
          despise. Those who seek some sort of a higher purpose or „universal goal,‟
          who don‟t know what to live for, who moan that they must „find themselves.‟”
          (Part IV, Chapter 5)

     b)    Peter Keating (to Dominique Francon): “I‟d rather you‟d express an opinion,
          God damn it, just once!” (Part III, Chapter 2)

     c)    Howard Roark (to Ellsworth Toohey): “But I don't think of you.” (Part II,
          Chapter 15)

3)    In Roark's courtroom speech, he discusses the conflicts of the creator versus the
     second-hander and of egoism versus altruism. What is the nature of these
     conflicts and the relationship between the creator and egoism and between the
     second-hander and altruism? How do characters and events of The Fountainhead
     dramatize these conflicts and relationships? Explain.

FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
5 SECOND PRIZES:$2,000
10 THIRD PRIZES:$1,000
45 FINALISTS:$100
175 SEMIFINALISTS:$50


THE FOUNTAINHEAD--TOPICS
Select ONE of the following three topics:

1)    The conventional view is that in life one can either achieve practical success or
     be moral, but not both. What view of this relation do you think emerges in The
     Fountainhead? What is the novel‟s conception of success? Of morality? Explain by
     reference to characters and events of the story.

2)    For each of the following quotations from The Fountainhead, explain its meaning
     in the story and its wider significance.

     a)    Gail Wynand (to Howard Roark): “There‟s a particular kind of people that I
          despise. Those who seek some sort of a higher purpose or „universal goal,‟
          who don‟t know what to live for, who moan that they must „find themselves.‟”
          (Part IV, Chapter 5)

     b)    Peter Keating (to Dominique Francon): “I‟d rather you‟d express an opinion,
          God damn it, just once!” (Part III, Chapter 2)
     c)    Howard Roark (to Ellsworth Toohey): “But I don't think of you.” (Part II,
          Chapter 15)

3)    In Roark's courtroom speech, he discusses the conflicts of the creator versus the
     second-hander and of egoism versus altruism. What is the nature of these
     conflicts and the relationship between the creator and egoism and between the
     second-hander and altruism? How do characters and events of The Fountainhead
     dramatize these conflicts and relationships? Explain.




THE FOUNTAINHEAD--JUDGING
Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is
clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an
outstanding grasp of the philosophic and psychological meaning of The
Fountainhead.


THE FOUNTAINHEAD--RULES
Entrant must be in the eleventh or twelfth grade.

To avoid disqualification, a stapled cover sheet MUST include: your name and
address; your e-mail address (if available); the name and address of your high
school; topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from list above); your current grade level and
(optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it
for classroom credit.

Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, and
must be typewritten and double-spaced. One entry per student, please.

Essay must be solely the work of the entrant.

Essay must be postmarked no later than April 25, 2007.

				
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