To be eligible for “The Fountainhead” Essay Contest, you must be a junior or senior in high school during the award year. Select ONE of the following three topics:
1. Compare Howard Roark and Lois Cook. Are they both individualists? Why or why not?
2. Why does Toohey support Keating’s career early on? What is Toohey’s purpose in promoting the careers of such mediocrities as Keating, Gordon Prescott, Lois Cook, Ike the Genius, and Gus Webb? In what way does his purpose integrate with his anti-Roark campaign? How does this issue relate to the wider themes in the novel?