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Part II, Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth

Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part II, Chapter 1, of Atlas Shrugged: “The Man Who Belonged on Earth.” 

  • Question 1: How have Dagny and Rearden each changed (regarding their careers and personal lives) since Part I of the novel?
  • Question 2: Which characters in this chapter are actively avoiding certain thoughts? What thoughts are they avoiding, and why? What differences are there in their motives?
  • Question 3: What does Rearden notice about his interaction with the representative of the State Science Institute? How does it apply to other interactions in the chapter?
  • Question 4: What is unusual about Rearden’s mood when he comes to Dagny’s apartment at the end of chapter 1? When precisely does this change, and why?
  • Question 5: What clues are there in this chapter to mysteries raised earlier in the book?
  • Question 6: What other questions or observations do you have about Part II, Chapter 1?

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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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