Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part I, Chapter 5, of Atlas Shrugged: “The Climax of the d’Anconias.”

  • Question 1: What are some interesting or distinctive features of Dagny and Francisco’s relationship?
  • Question 2: In what ways is present-day Francisco different from the Francisco Dagny had known before? In what ways is he similar?
  • Question 3: What do we learn from this chapter about Dagny’s view of joy and suffering? What significant joys and sorrows are described in this chapter?
  • Question 4: How do Jim’s and Eddie’s reactions to Francisco differ from each other’s? How do they each differ from Dagny’s?
  • Question 5: What can we tell about Francisco’s motivations for the San Sebastian project?
  • Question 6: What other questions and observations do you have about Part I, Chapter 5?


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