TUESDAY, April 6, 2010 7:00 PM

Explore Atlas Shrugged  Session 4
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Chapters 7 (Part B) – 8
Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 5-9)
Part 1: Chapter 8: The John Galt Line
Pages 185-252 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 178-241 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 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Section 5: 185-92
– What is Dr. Stadler’s basic modus operandi?  What motivates him to act as he
does?  How does he view other people?  Why did he found the State Science
Institute?  (185-92)

Section 6: 192-7
– Why does Dagny choose to take on the burden of completing the Rio Norte Line
alone?  What are the basic terms of the deal she offers Jim?  Is the deal
just or not?  (193-5)

Section 7: 197-201
– Why is Francisco D’Anconia so pained by Dagny’s request for investment?  Why
does he refuse to help her?  Why does his attitude change so dramtically in
the middle of the conversation?  What is Dagny’s response to that change?

Section 8: 201-5
– What does Rearden reveal about his feelings for Dagny when she suggests that
he has only ever thought of her as a man?  Why does Dagny think that of him?
Why does Hank think of his feelings for Dagny as a betrayal of her?  (204-5)

Section 9: 205-216
– What is the basic moral difference between the request of Mrs. Rearden and
the request of Mr. Ward to Hank Rearden?  Why does Hank refuse the former yet
work hard to satisfy the latter? (206-213)

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

Part 1: Chapter 8: The John Galt Line
Section 1: 217-8
– Why does Eddie feel like a stooge for Jim Taggart?  In what way is that
feeling right?  (218)

Section 2: 219-21
– What does Dagny’s longing for “a consciousness like her own” reveal about
her romantic ideal?  Why doesn’t Francisco or Hank satisfy that longing?

Section 3: 221-7
– How does Rearden’s sale of his ore mines to Paul Larkin differ from his sale
of his coal mines to Ken Dannager?  What do these transactions reveal about
each man? (221-4)

Section 4: 227-33
– What kind of ideas and values motivate and guide the opinions of laymen and
intellectuals about Rearden Metal?  (227-9)
– What kind of game is the delegate of the Union of Locomotive Engineers
attempting to play with Dagny?  How does she block it?  (231-2)

Section 5: 233-6
– What does Rearden’s claim that he will earn enormous profits yet benefit the
public with his metal reveal about his view of the interests of producers and
consumers? (235)

Section 6: 236-9
– How is the opening of the John Galt Line a true celebration for Dagny —
unlike her debut ball as a young woman? (236-9)

Section 7: 239-242
– What does Ayn Rand reveal about her view of the proper relationship between
mind and body in the first run of the John Galt Line? (241, 243, 245-6)
– What permits Hank Rearden to express his desire for Dagny?  What is Dagny’s
motivation for the affair with Hank?  Why is their sex so violent?  (250-2)

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

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