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Part I, Chapter 5: The Climax of the d’Anconias

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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Gregory Salmieri
Gregory Salmieri

Gregory Salmieri is an Anthem Foundation Fellow in philosophy. He teaches philosophy at Rutgers University, and has previously held teaching and research positions at Boston University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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