Archive for March, 2011

TUE April 5 – Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 15

WHEN:
TUESDAY, April 5, 2011 7:00 to 7:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 15
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

READINGS:
Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Chapters 4-5A
Part 3, Chapter 4: Anti-Life
Part 3, Chapter 5: Their Brothers’ Keeper (Sections 1-2)
Or:
Pages 864-936 in the larger Hardcover or SoftcoverPages 802-869 in the smaller Mass Market Paperback

AUTHOR:
http://www.exploreaynrand.com/1957/
These discussion questions and podcast were prepared by Diana Hsieh for
ExploreAtlasShrugged.com for people interested in creating their own Atlas
Shrugged Reading Groups, as well as for anyone wishing to study the novel in
more depth. They may be freely used for the study and discussion of Atlas
Shrugged, provided that this paragraph remains intact in any reproduction.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
The listed page numbers are for the larger edition, softcover or hardback.

Part 4, Chapter 4: Anti-Life
Section 1 (864-885)
– Why does Jim Taggart want to celebrate the upcoming nationalization of D’Anconia Copper?  Why doesn’t he want to admit the nature of his satisfaction to himself?  (864-71)
– How has Cherryl Taggart changed since her wedding?  What kind of person is she now? What has she learned about Jim? (868-885)
– What is Jim Taggart’s view of love?  Is it right or wrong?  Why?  (876-7, 881-2)
– What are the similarities and differences between Jim’s marriage to Cherryl and Lillian’s marriage to Hank?  Which is worse?  (873-883)
– How and why is Cherryl already destroyed by Jim, when she realizes what kind of person Jim is?  (882-3)
Section 2 (886-892)
– What is Dagny’s psychological state now?  What does she think of her choice to leave the valley?  (886-7)
– Why does Cherryl visit Dagny?  What kind of support does Dagny offer her?  Why does Dagny offer that support?  (887-92)
Section 3 (892-900)
– How has Lillian Rearden changed in recent months?  What is her psychological state?  What has caused the change? (893-7)
– What does Lillian reveal about her understanding of Hank Rearden’s virtues — when she married him and now?  What were her motives in marrying him?  (898-9)
– What is the significance of the sex between Lillian and Jim, including the way it begins?  How is it revenge on Hank Rearden?  How is it another Gift Certificate in Lillian’s eyes?  (898-900)
Section 4 (900-908)
– Why is Cherryl so shaken by realizing that Jim has slept with another woman?  Why does Jim respond as he does when Cherryl tells him that she knows?  Why is that so unbearable for her? (900-4)
– What is Jim’s explanation for why he married Cherryl?  Why is she so horrified by that?  (902-4)
– What does Cherryl think as she wanders the streets of New York City?  Why doesn’t she go to Dagny?  Why can’t she start over?  Could she have been saved by the valley?  (904-8)
Whole Chapter
– What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

Chapter 5: Their Brothers’ Keeper
Section 1 (909-925)
– How is the transportation system functioning now?  How is that the natural result of the government policies?  What will its future be?  (910-5)
– How does Jim react to Dagny’s suggestion that the looters give up power and allow the producers to rebuild the country?  Why?  Why does he want to retain power?  (916-7)
– Is Jim right or wrong to say that we are our brother’s keepers?  Why?  (917-8)
– What is the significance of the way in which D’Anconia Copper is nationalized?  What were the looters counting on?  Why do they feel cheated?  (918-20)
– What is Dagny’s reaction to the destruction of D’Anconia Copper?  Why does she feel that way?  What is Hank Rearden’s reaction?  How do their reactions contrast with the reaction of Jim Taggart and other people?  (920-25)
– Why is Hank Rearden bored with his work now? (922) What motivates him to keep working?  (923-4)
Section 2 (925-936)
– What is the current state of the world? (925-7)
– Why does Philip Rearden want a job from Hank Rearden?  Why does Hank refuse him? (927-32)
– What lesson does Hank learn from his divorce from Lillian?  (932-4)
– How does the Wet Nurse asking for a job differ from Philip’s demand for a job?  What has the Wet Nurse learned from his two years with Hank Rearden? (934-6, 927-32)

WHERE:

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.

SAT Mar 19 – Provoking the Future-The X-Prizes

WHEN:
SATURDAY, March 19, 2011 7:00 to 7:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Provoking the Future-Peter Diamandis and the X-PrizesVideo of a talk given by Linda Abrams at the 2009 Free Minds Conference

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:

Continuing our technology theme from last month, we will listen to Linda Abrams’ talk on Peter Diamandis and the X-Prizes.  The X PRIZE Foundation is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit mankind. If you want to know more, go to their web page http://www.xprize.org/

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/

to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.