Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part III, Chapter 4, of Atlas Shrugged: “Anti-Life.”

  • Question 1: What does Jim want to celebrate? Why does he need to hide it from himself?
  • Question 2: How do Cherryl’s and Jim’s views of love differ? Where outside of the novel do we find a view like Jim’s?
  • Question 3: What does Dagny’s advice to Cherryl about Jim reveal about her understanding of evil? In what ways is this advice helpful or unhelpful, and why?
  • Question 4: What things elicit strong emotional responses from Jim and Lillian? What can we learn about them from this?
  • Question 5: Why does Cherryl react as she does to the social worker at the end of the chapter?
  • Question 6: What other questions or observations do you have about Part III, Chapter 4?


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