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18. What is significant about International 4-8818’s agreeing to keep the discovery a secret? 19. What is significant about the fact that the narrator claims the tunnel for himself? 20. For the next two years, what does the narrator do with his discovery? 21. What great transgression is he committing? 22. What other transgressions does the narrator commit? 23. What is the narrator suggesting when he admits that he does not feel like a transgressor? How does this begin to illustrate Rand’s objectivist philosophy? Chapter Two 1. Describe the state of male-female relationships in the society of Anthem? 2. What is it that first makes Liberty 5-3000 attractive to the narrator? 3. How do the narrator and Liberty 5-3000 begin their communication? What earlier relationship does this echo? 4. How are future generations of citizens bred for the benefit of the society? 5. What is eugenics? 6. What has the narrator’s personal experience been with the Palace of Mating, and how does he feel about it? 7. As he sits in his tunnel, what does the narrator finally recognize as the word that describes the feeling that is pervasive among him and his brothers? What is the cause of this feeling? 8. What is ironic about the Council’s pronouncements regarding happiness? 9. Why does Rand have the narrator tell us about Fraternity 2-5503 and Solidarity 9-6347? 10. Why are the men afraid to speak with one another? 11. Given that Anthem was published in 1938, what world events may have influenced the writing of the novella? 12. What biblical archetype do the Uncharted Forests bring to mind? 13. What happens to anyone who discovers the Unspeakable Word and dares to utter it?
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14. How is the man who is executed similar to the narrator? Why is witnessing the execution a significant event for Equality 7-2521? 15. What does the existence of an “Unutterable Word” indicate about the society of the novella?
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