- The Fountainhead Essay Contest
- View a video lecture by Dr. Shoshana Milgram: “Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead: Understanding and Teaching a Modern Classic”
- When Roark comes uninvited to Dominique’s bedroom in his rough, soiled workman’s clothes, is the act that he commits rape? Why or why not?
- Why does Gail Wynand, a self-made media and real-estate millionaire, seek to turn men into hypocrites? Why does he make a socialist defend management and a conservative defend labor?
- Why does the struggling sculptor Steven Mallory attempt to gun down a famous newspaper columnist who champions the voiceless and the undefended?
- Why does Peter Keating, a celebrity architect, plead with his unsuccessful and widely condemned friend, Hoard Roark, secretly to design a crucial housing project for him? Roark is an architect of unmatched integrity who scorns Keating—so why does he agree to do it?
- Howard Roark refuses a major contract when he most needs it, arguing that his action was “the most selfish thing you’ve ever seen a man do.” Why does he call this action selfish?
- Why does Roark dynamite Cortlandt Homes? How does he defend his action? Is he a moral man, a practical man, both, or neither?
- Both Howard Roark and Lois Cook are artists with a unique vision who are not accepted by the mainstream of society. What does Ayn Rand mean by “individualism”? Are they both individualists? Why or why not?
- What does Ayn Rand mean by the terms “first-hander” and “second-hander”? Cite examples of each type from real life.
Biographical Material on Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (DVD)
Ayn Rand, by Jeff Britting
Essays on Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”, edited by Robert Mayhew
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