Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part II, Chapter 2, of Atlas Shrugged: “The Aristocracy of Pull.”

  • Question 1: What events in the novel and which of Francisco’s own actions illustrate the themes of his speech about money?
  • Question 2: What can we tell about why Taggart has proposed marriage to Cherryl?
  • Question 3: What signs are there in this chapter that Rearden and Francisco have become important to one another? Why is Francisco so important to Rearden?
  • Question 4: What new developments are there in Rearden’s relationships with Lillian and with Dagny? What can we tell about the motives of all three?
  • Question 5: What new examples of evading or naming truths do we see in this chapter, and do we get any further clues about the significance of this issue?
  • Question 6: What other questions or observations do you have about Part II, Chapter 2?


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