Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part I, Chapter 3, of Atlas Shrugged: “The Top and the Bottom.”

  • Question 1: What is decided/accomplished at the barroom meeting, and what are the motives of all involved?
  • Question 2: What is James Taggart’s approach to running TT? How does Dagny fit into this?
  • Question 3: What is the significance of Nat Taggart’s story and Dagny’s admiration for him?
  • Question 4: What decisions does the Taggart Board make in this chapter, and why?
  • Question 5: What do we learn about what Dagny wants out of life and her career?
  • Question 6: What other questions and observations do you have about Part I, Chapter 3?


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