TUESDAY, June 1, 2010 7:00 PM

Explore Atlas Shrugged  Session 6
Podcasts and ┬ádiscussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Chapter 10 (Part B) – Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt’s Torch (Sections 5-9)
Part 2: Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Pages 309-378 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 294-358 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.

Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt’s Torch
Section Five: 309-13
– What do we discover about Eugene Lawson in the course of his conversation
with Dagny Taggart? What did he seek and gain from the needy people to whom
he granted loans, if not wealth? (309-13)

Section Six: 313-21
– How are Lee Hunsacker and Midas Mulligan different? How and why do they
clash? Are the two men morally different? If so, how? (313-21)

Section Seven: 321-24
– What was the basic scheme for the Twentieth Century Motor Company
implemented by the Starnes heirs? Why does Dagny think that it is pure evil?
– What was Ivy Starnes’ philosophy when she inherited the Twentieth Century
Motor Company? What is it now? Why did she change as she did? (323)

Section Eight: 324-27
– How is Mrs. Hastings different from everyone else that Dagny has
interviewed? Why is that important? (324-7)

Section Nine: 327-36
– What is so puzzling about Dr. Akston’s meeting with Dagny? What conclusions
can she draw from it, if any?
– What is the Fair Share Law? What is its basic premise? Why was it passed?
(333) How will it kill Colorado?
– Why does Ellis Wyatt rebel against the Fair Share Law as he does? How has he
fulfilled his earlier promise to Dagny? How does Wyatt’s action affect Dagny?

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

Whole Part
– What is the significance of the title of this part?

Part 2: Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Section 1: 339-49
– How has the state of the world changed since the end of Part 1? How has it
– Why does Dr. Stadler want to meet with Dr. Ferris? Why won’t Stadler do
anything about the book? How is this choice similar to and different from the
choice Stadler made about Rearden Metal? (342-8)

Section 2: 349-60
– What was the effect of the elimination of Wyatt Oil from the market?
(349-50) Are large producers a boon to small ones?
– What is the effect of the Fair Share Law on Taggart Transcontinental? Why is
Taggart Transcontinental making more money than ever? What is Jim’s response?
– Why does Dagny feel greater revulsion at Dr. Stadler than Jim or Orren
Boyle? (353) Is he worse than the others? Why or why not — and how?
– What does Dr. Stadler want from Dagny? What does she give him? Is she right
to do so? (354-60)
– Why does Dr. Stadler want to see the motor? How and why does he almost
redeem himself? (358-9)

Section 3: 360-7
– Why does Rearden refuse to sell any Rearden Metal to the State Science
Institute? What does he suggest they do instead? Why? (360, 365-6)
– How has the Fair Share law affected Rearden’s business? Why? (361-2)
– What danger does Rearden feel on hearing the news of Wyatt’s departure from
the world? What is his response? Is that right or not? (363)
– What moral insight does Rearden’s conversation with the representative of
the State Science Institute reveal? What does he now understand? (366-7)

Section 4: 367-78
– How has Hank’s view of his relationship with Dagny changed? How is that
reflected in his actions toward her? (367-78) Why does Dagny think that she
can help Hank win his deliverance from guilt, but that she cannot do so by
words? (367)
– What does Hank discover about the looter’s desire for sanction? How is it
important? Why should they withhold that sanction? (377-8)
Whole Chapter
– What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

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