Saturday, October 3, 2009

Next Meeting: Tuesday October 6th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Here are the questions for this next week's meeting, remember we are now meeting from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, we are still meeting in the Arts Building room AR298.

Session 4: October 6, 2009: Pages 185 - 252
*Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (B)
*Part 1: Chapter 8: The John Galt Line

Chapter Seven: The Exploiters and the Exploited (B)

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?

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: 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 8: 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) *

What is Rearden's response the passage of the Equalization of Opportunity Bill? Why does he react as he does? What does that show about his values? (212-6)

General: * What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

Chapter Eight: 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? (220)

Section 2: 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 3: 227-33 * 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 4: 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 harmony of interests? (235)

Section 5: 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 6: 239-242 * Why do many people come to witness the first run of the John Galt Line? What does it mean to them? (242-3)

* What permits Hank Rearden to express his desire for Dagny? Why is their sex so violent? (250-2)

* What is Dagny's motivation for the affair with Hank? Why do Dagny and Hank feel such an intense desire for each other? (251)

General: * What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

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