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Part I, Chapter 9: The Sacred and the Profane

Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part I, Chapter 9, of Atlas Shrugged: “The Sacred and the Profane.” 

  • Question 1: In the first scene, why does Rearden condemn Dagny and himself, and why does she respond as she does?
  • Question 2: What is Jim looking for (or trying to get away from) as he walks the streets of Manhattan, and how does Cherryl Brooks help?
  • Question 3: What can we tell about what motivates Mr. Mowen from his conversation with the day laborer?
  • Question 4: What features of Wisconsin and its inhabitants do Dagny and Rearden notice, and how do they react to them, and why?
  • Question 5: How do Dagny and Rearden each react to the discovery of the abandoned motor? What accounts for their reactions?
  • Question 6: What other questions and observations do you have about Part I, Chapter 9?

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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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