Rebecca Powell The Fountainhead Questions 1. What is learned about Roark’s attitude from his conversation with the Dean of the Stanton Institute of Technology? (22) 2. What kind of an architect is Keating upon his graduation? 3. What is the relationship between Keating and Roark before they move to New York? (33) 4. What does the Frink National Bank Building represent? What do the differences in the Frink and Dana buildings reveal about the differences between their architects? (43) 5. Who is Henry Cameron? What made him famous? What brought about his demise as an architect? (44-46) 6. What are the similarities between Cameron and Roark that ultimately get Roark the job at Cameron’s firm and more importantly Cameron’s respect? (48-49) (bottom 62) 7. What is the significance of the article “Marble and Mortar” written by Ellsworth M. Toohey? (51) 8. What is the significance of Keating’s reaction when Tim Davis looses his job at the firm? (67) 9. What is Keating’s process for constructing his first house? Why does he ask for the opinion of Roark? (72-73) 10. Describe the relationship between Catherine and Peter Keating. (83) 11. How do the various architects interact at the Holcombe Party? (117 – 121) 12. What role does Austen Heller play in Roark’s progression as an architect? (126 – 130) 13. Describe Roark’s conception of the purpose and method of the Heller House? (136) 14. What is shocking about Dominique’s speech at the meeting of social workers? Why did she turn down the new position at the Wynand Papers? 15. Describe Mrs. Keating’s influence on Peter’s anti-objectivism/individualism character. (154) 16. Why does Keating again go to Roark with his drawings of the Cosmo-Slotnick Building? (173 – 174) 17. What is meant by the line “That was Peter Keating, that, the reflection of those staring pupils, and his body was only its reflection”? (188) 18. Why is Dominique drawn to Roark when she sees him at the granite quarry? Why does she try to prevent herself from going? (206) 19. Explain the beginning of Dominique’s relationship with Roark. (Chapter 2) 20. How does Toohey manipulate Keating’s personal weaknesses? (Chapter 3) 21. Of what famous poet does Lois Cook remind you of? How are their styles/intent similar and different? (233) 22. Dominique and Toohey both try to prevent Roark from getting architecture jobs. What is the significant difference in their motives? (270 - 280) 23. Explain the significance of Dominique’s vulnerable confession to Roark. (289) 24. What is significant about Ellsworth Toohey’s childhood? 25. What is it about Hopton Stoddard’s character that allows the rise and fall of the Stoddard Temple? (Chapter 10) 26. Explain what happens when Roark goes to visit Steven Mallory. What is Mallory’s reaction? What is the powerful significance of this moment for both men? (325-332) 27. What is the symbolism in the Temple of the Human Spirit? (334) 28. Explain the difference between the approach of the prosecution and defense at the Stoddard Temple trial? (348-357) 29. What influences contribute to Catherine’s breakdown? (362-364) 30. Why does Dominique marry Keating? What effect does this have on her relationship with Roark? (Chapter 14) 31. How does Gail Wynand being suicidal influence what you have already perceived about his character? (390) 32. What notion eventually breaks Gail Wynand when he is a child? (407) 33. What effect does Dominique’s statue have on Gail Wynand? (416) 34. What does Keating learn about his relationship with Dominique and about himself when they are left to converse in the apartment? (422-427) 35. How does Wynand’s statement “…you’ve committed a crime of knowing a love humanity has not learned to deserve,” unite Wynand and Dominique? (445) 36. What is symbolic about the piece of old newspaper that flies into Dominique as she leaves Roark? (466) 37. What are the likenesses between Jules Folger and Ellsworth Toohey? (471-472) 38. Compare the new form of Modern Architecture with the Modern Architecture of Roark and Cameron. (474) 39. How do the audience members react to No Skin off Your Nose? How do Dominique and Wynand react? (491-492) 40. What revelations and understandings does the conversation on the yacht between Dominique and Wynand yield? 41. What does the anger Steven Mallory feels toward the handling of Monadnock Valley indicate about his character development when juxtaposed to Roark’s reaction? (509) 42. What is the balance of power in the relationship between Roark and Wynand? (519) OVERALL QUESTIONS 1. Discuss the thematic significance of Rand’s objectivist philosophy. 2. What is the effect of the lack of character development/Roark’s character being fully realized at the beginning of the novel? How does this differ from usual character development? 3. In what ways does Dominique embody Rand’s feministic views? (488) 4. Discuss Roark’s character as a statement on human progress. 5. Discuss the theme of individualism v. collectivism. What characters represent each side? 6. Rand’s original title for the book was “Second Handers”. What are “second handers”? What does this reveal about The Fountainhead and Rand’s philosophy? 7. How does the character of Gail Wynand differ from any other in the novel? 8. How does the reader’s perception of Wynand’s character change from when we learn about his childhood, to when he builds his empire, to when he marries Dominique Francon, to when he meets Howard Roark? 9. Analyze the use of metaphor and imagery in the novel. (486, 503) 10. What are the similarities between Anthem and The Fountainhead?
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