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Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 12
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1: Atlantis
Pages 699-751 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 651-699 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 3, Chapter 1: Atlantis
Section 1 (701-733)
– What does Dagny see in John Galt on first meeting him?  Is it possible for a
person to see that much in another on first meeting?  (701-2)
– What critical information about Galt does Dagny learn about him on their way
to his house and then at the house?  What does she think of him? (701-16)
– What is the attitude of the inhabitants of the valley toward their past work
in the world and their present work in the valley? In what way are all the
strikers simply “living” in the valley?  (713-27)
– Why does Mulligan’s car rent for a rate?  Why doesn’t Mulligan allow Galt to
use it as a courtesy?  (714)
– Why is Dagny penniless in the valley?  Why won’t the strikers sell her any
gold?  (717-8, 727-8)
– Why is Dagny surprised that Andrew Stockton ruined a competitor?  What does
that tell us about the values of the valley?  Why do the strikers regard
competition as a positive good?  (724-5)
– What is Dagny’s response to seeing the powerhouse?  Why does it matter so
much to her?  (730-3)
– What is Galt’s oath?  What is its meaning and significance to him and the
other strikers?  (731)

Section 2 (733-751)
– What does Dagny want from the other industrialists in the valley?  Should
she care about their approval?  (734-6)
– Why does Dagny think that the strikers have given up?  Why don’t they think
that?  (737-8)
– What is the essential meaning of and motive for the strike?  (738-41)  Why
did each of the men at the dinner party go on strike?  Were they right to do
so?  How are their stories similar?  How are they different? (741-46)
– Why can’t Dagny embrace the valley, even though she has found everything
that she ever wanted in it?  Is Dagny’s choice either-or, as John Galt says?
(748-9)  Is Galt right to say that Dagny must destroy him if she chooses the
world?  (750-1)

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

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