TUESDAY, March 2, 2010 7:00 PM

Explore Atlas Shrugged  Session 3
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Chapters 6-7 (Part A)
Part 1: Chapter 6: The Non-Commercial
Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 1-4)
Pages 127-185 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 124-178 in the smaller Mass Market Paperback

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.

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

Chapter 6: The Non-Commercial
Section 1 (127-57)
– Why does Rearden find it difficult to motivate himself to play his role in
the anniversary party?  What is the nature and source of his psychological
conflict?  (127-31)
– What is the Equalization of Opportunity Bill?  What is its analog in today’s
laws?  Why do people support it?  What is Rearden’s attitude toward it — and
why? (130)
– How does Hank respond to Dagny at the anniversary party?  Why is Dagny
disappointed?  Why does he respond the way that he does?  (137-8, 149-51)
– Why is Rearden so angry at the presence of Bertram Scudder?  Why does
Lillian respond the way that she does to his anger?  Why did she invite
Scudder?  (139)
– How does Francisco explain the failure of the San Sebastian Mines to Jim?
What kind of moral principles did Francisco adhere to in building the mine?
Why was failure the only possible result?  (143)
– How does Hank Rearden reveal his view of the world in his conversation with
Francisco D’Anconia?  What is the difference in their basic outlooks?  What
ideas does Francisco want to arm Hank with?  (145-9)
– Why does Dagny want the bracelet of Readen Metal from Lillian?  Why does
Lillian trade it with her?  Why does Hank respond to that exchange the way
that he does?  (155-7)

Section 2 (157-61)
– What is Lillian’s view of sex?  Why does it torture Hank?  Is he right or
wrong to accept that torture?  (158-60)
– Why does Hank now find it impossible to have sex with Lillian?  What has
changed for him?  (160)

Whole Chapter
– What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Section 1: 162-72
– What kind of virtues are required for Dagny’s work on the Rio Norte Line?
Does she deserve admiration?  Why?  (162-72)
– How are the interests of all the producers in harmony, even though
competitors?  Why do they help each other?  (163, 165-6, 168-9)
– Why do Hank and Dagny think that Colorado cannot be stopped?  Are they right
or wrong?  (171)

Section 2: 172-8
– Why does Dagny refuse to debate the question “Is Rearden Metal a lethal
product of greed?” (175)

Section 3: 178-82
– What is the fundamental difference in manner between Hank Rearden and Dr.
Potter of the State Science Institute?  How is Dr. Potter like James Taggart?
Why does Rearden refuse to sell Rearden Metal?  (178-82)

Section 4: 182-5
– Why does Mr. Mowen now refuse to work with Rearden Metal?  What is his
method of dealing with contrary public opinion? (182-3)
– Why is the State Science Institute’s statement on Rearden Metal so unjust?
If Rearden Metal is good, why can’t the statement be refuted?  (183-5)

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