Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part III, Chapter 1, of Atlas Shrugged: “Atlantis.”

  • Question 1: What did Dagny and Galt never have to take seriously? Why not?
  • Question 2: Who is John Galt, and in what ways has he impacted Dagny’s life prior to their meeting? (If you find that there are many ways, begin by discussing one or two.)
  • Question 3: How is Galt like and unlike Francisco and Rearden? How does Dagny’s response to him compare to her responses to them?
  • Question 4: In what ways is Dagny’s perspective on living life in the valley unlike the perspective of the people who live there?
  • Question 5: Choose one of Mulligan’s dinner guests. How does the reason the guest gives for quitting reflect both his distinctive personality and the principles Galt articulates?
  • Question 6: What other questions or observations do you have about Part III, Chapter 1?


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