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December 6, 2011

Anthem Chapter 7-12 Questions

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Chapter 7:

1.  Outline four of the Council’s reasons for rejecting Equality’s invention.

Four of the reasons that the Council rejected Equality’s invention:

  •  What is not thought by all men cannot be true. (Equality’s brothers do not think he found a new power)
  •  What is not done collectively cannot be good.  (Equality invented this alone)
  •   The invention would ruin the Department of Candles.
  •   The invention would wreck the Plans of the World Council.


2.  What are the real reasons behind the Council’s rejection and fear of the gift?

They are afraid of going back to the old ways of technology and individualism and offending the council and getting punished. They want to keep the peoples ways as simple as possible so they have to rely on the Council.


3.  What does Equality mean, at the beginning of the chapter, when he says, “We are old now, but we were young this morning”?

Equality means that now he feels more experienced and has a better understanding of things versus how he felt that morning.


Chapter 8:

1.  What is Equality experiencing for the first time in this chapter, and what does he feel as a result?

He is starting to feel affection for The Golden One and he is feeling  joy. He also has to hunt for his food now and it is causing him to feel pride in himself for being able to feed himself.


2.  Explain why Equality laughs when he remembers that he is “the Damned.”

Equality laughed because  he doesn’t feel damned, but he feels happy.


3.  What does the Uncharted Forest symbolize in Anthem?

It represents the unknown.


Chapter 9:

1.  On pgs. 82-83, Liberty contrasts Equality to his fellow men.  Paraphrase this passage.

Your eyes are full of hope, curiosity, and wonder while the other men are not. You are able to say how he feels and to feel pride while the other men do not. You hold you head high with pride, independence,and joy while the other men cower and cringe in selfless, dependent sorrow.


2.  In this chapter, Equality questions the morality of his former society.  Contrast what he was previously taught about solitude, good, evil, and joy to what he now believes.

He was taught that there should not be individuals but the great “WE”. People should not care for themselves but only for the better of the group. It is evil to go against this.  Now he believes that people should care for themselves and take care of themselves. Not to focus only on everyone else but to focus on yourself also and most of all. He does not believe this is evil and it has finally given him great joy.


Chapter 10:

1.  Describe the house and its contents in your own words, and explain why Liberty and Equality find it so strange and unique.

It was a two story house with a flat roof and lots of windows. It has one bedroom, a library full of books, a mirror, lights, and clothes.  They found the house strange and unique because it had a flat roof, only one bedroom, (they are use to sleeping with around thirty people) and it had lots things they where not use to and had never seen like windows, mirrors, different clothes, and a room full of a bunch of unknown of books.

Chapter 11:

1.  What great discovery does Equality make in this chapter?

He discovered the word “I”.


2.  Explain the following quotes in your own words:

a) “Whatever road I take, the guiding star is within me.”

He can always use the word “I” no matter where he is.

b) “For the word ‘We’ must never be spoken, save by one’s choice and as a second thought.”

Think of yourself first and only of others second to you.


3.  What does Equality now realize is the proper goal and purpose of his life?

To focus and live for yourself and not to focus on others or live for others.


4.  In what ways is “I” like a God?

The word “I” is like a god because it is considered the way to a happy life because you focus on yourself instead of focusing on everyone else and their problems. Like with what Equality experienced, he was never truly happy until he started to become more independent and focus on his life instead of his brothers.


5.  Reread the incident with the Saint of the Pyre.  What was he trying to communicate to Equality? (pgs. 49-51)

He was trying to tell Equality that there is a better way of life. He wanted to tell him that there is a way to true happiness. He was trying to tell Equality about the word “I”.


Chapter 12:

1.  Why do the main Characters take the names Prometheus and Gaea?  Why aren’t the allowed to choose their names in their old society?

They take those names because of who in history those names represent and because they read them in a book and didn’t know of any other names. They were not allowed to have names in their old society because having a name shows individualism and makes you different from your brothers and sisters.


2.  What does Prometheus plan to do in the future?

Raise his son to be an individualist and to use the word “I”.


3.  Prometheus reaches the important realization that “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers.”  Explain what this means and cite several examples from Anthem that illustrate the truth of this statement.

It means that to be free he has to be free of his brothers keeping him the same as them and giving him rules and preventing him from having a happy life.  pg 18 “‘There is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the body of your brothers.’ But we cannot change our bones nor our bodies”. pg 21 “We are nothing. Mankind is all. By the grace of our brothers are we allowed our lives. We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen”.  pg 29  “But it is only our brothers in the Home of the Artist who are permitted to draw pictures”.

December 5, 2011

Anthem Chapter 3-6 Questions

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Chapter 3:

1.  What does Equality discover in this chapter?  How important is this discovery?  Describe four or five ways in which it would help society and make life easier or more enjoyable.

Equality discovers how to make a light out of copper wires(the lightbulb). This is a very important discovery because it would make life easier. It would make life easier because it would give a brighter light, it wouldn’t burn out as quickly as a candle, you wouldn’t have to breathe in smoke from the candle just to read a book, and fires would be less likely because you wouldn’t have to use candles.

2.  Outline some of the Council of Scholars’ beliefs, and Equality’s refutation of those beliefs.

The Council of Scholars’ believe that everyone knows what all exist and if everyone doesn’t know about something then it doesn’t exist. Equality thinks that the Council of Scholars are blind for saying this and that the secrets of the earth are not for everyone but for those who seek them.

Chapter 4:

1.  Discuss the appropriateness of Equality’s new name, “Unconquered.”

“Unconquered” is an appropriate name because Equality has not been conquered by the laws and ways that everyone is expected to live by.

Chapter 5:

1.  Equality understands that his invention will benefit mankind greatly; however, this was not his main motivation in conducting his experiments, and it is not the primary source of the great joy he experiences.  Discuss.

Equality’s main motivation is that he wants to learn more and feed his hunger to learn. The source of Equality’s joy is that he is learning more and feeding his hunger to learn.

2.  In your opinion, why is Equality so interesting in seeing his own image at this point in the novel?  What emotion is he feeling?

He is interested in seeing his own image because he wants to know how the golden one sees him, and he is becoming interested in himself. He is feeling the emotion of self-interest.

Chapter 6:

1.  The old locks and lack of guards in the Palace of Corrective Detention indicate that prisoners never tried to escape: Why not?

They never tried to escape because they felt they deserved that punishment, owed being punished to their brothers, and because they were afraid of the consequences and punishments of trying to escape.

November 23, 2011

Anthem Chapter 2

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1.  What character traits of Liberty 5-3000′s are revealed in this chapter?

They have a straight and thin body, their eyes are dark, hard, glowing,  fearless, unkind, and without guilt, their hair is golden, and overall intimidating.

2.  Find several examples of the ways in which this society tries to obliterate each individual’s mind (and self) by squashing personal choices, desires, and values.

They are not allowed to want to learn more, choose their own trade, disagree with others, desire anything, meet their parents or children, and men are isolated from women while women are isolated from men


3.  Contrast Equality with the rest of the men living in this society.

Equality is someone who wants to learn more, think for himself, and not just be part of the great “WE” and have to except the way things are. The others are ok with what they are learning, not thinking for themselves,  being apart of the great ‘WE”, and accepting the way things are.

4.  Of the whole range of feelings possible to man (joy, excitement, anger, embarrassment, etc.), why is fear the prevalent emotion of this society?

Fear is the prevalent emotion because the society wants everyone to fear them so they will not try to think for themselves or change the way things are,

5.  Define the following terms:

the Great Truth: that all men are one and that there is no will save the will of all men together.

the Unmentionable Times: The way things are in the present where there is technology, medicine, and people can think for themselves.

the Uncharted Forest: A forest that has not been explored and has a lot of dangerous animals in it.

the Evil Ones: The fewer men in the great fighting who where conquered and all of  the things they created where burned in a great fire.

the Great Rebirth: What happened after the great fire had burned all of the evil ones scripts.

6.  What word do you think Equality was struggling to recapture in this chapter?  In your opinion, why is mentioning this word the only crime punishable by death in this society?  How does this word contradict the ideals of this society?  What could its rediscovery possibly lead to?

The word I think Equality was struggling to recapture in this chapter is the word “I”. I think mentioning this word is the only crime punishable by death in the society because this word goes against the society and could cause rediscovery of this word. The word “I” contradicts the ideals of the society because it goes against the great “WE” idea and way of life. The rediscovery of the word “I” could cause some of the people to rethink their way of life which would lead to riots, rebellion, and chaos. This would conclude in going from collectivism to individualism.

November 22, 2011

Anthem Chapter 1

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Chapter 1:


1.  In a paragraph, describe the society in which Anthem is set.  Some areas to consider are the political structure, degree of technology, social relationships, quality of life, and education.  Would you want to live in this society?  Explain why or why not.

The society Anthem is set in is a society where everyone is equal and has to be exactly the same. There isn’t any individualism and nobody really controls his or her life. Everyone lives like they are in the 1800′s, and there quality of life and education is not very good. There are five elders (three men and two women) and they make all of the decisions concerning “the better of the group”. There really are not any relationships concerning boyfriends and girlfriends or even friends because everyone is suppose to look at each other equally so you can’t like someone more than someone else. No, I would not like to live in this society because I do not have any individual rights,there is not any technology, and I would not live as long do to lack of good medicine.


2.  In this chapter Equality 7-2521 states that it is very unusual for men to reach the age of 45.  Offer several possible explanations as to why life expectancy is so short in his society.

The life expectancy is so short because there are not any medicines because Equality 7-2521 believes that the only way to cure diseases is to use bleeding, things are not as sanitary, people work so hard, and since everyone stays together at night if one person is sick it raises the risk of everyone else getting sick.


3.  Clearly, Ayn Rand intended Equality to stand out from his “brothers.” Explain how she accomplishes this by contrasting Equality’s physical qualities and character traits with those of his fellow men?

Everyone is suppose to be six feet tall and Equality is taller, in the home of Infants Equality fought with his brothers (which is forbidden), and Equality was locked in the cellar more than the others for this, Equality found learning to be to easy, was unhappy because of it and, wanted to learn more (which is forbidden), and Equality was lashed more than everyone else, couldn’t forget the lessons, and wanted to choose his trade (which is forbidden). This is not how his brothers think.

4.  Why does the Council of Vocations assign Equality the job of street sweeper?  Is it due to error, incompetence, or a more sinister motivation?  Explain.

The Council of Vocations assign Equality the job of a street sweeper because of sinister motivation. They did this because they knew how Equality was and that he would most likely want an important job due to Equality’s hunger to learn. I believe this was there way of punishing Equality for wanting to learn so much.


5.  When does this novel take place-in the past, the present, or the future?  How do you know?

The novel takes place in the future because in the book Equality talked about how they couldn’t mention the times of  “towers which rose in the sky, wagons which moved without horses, and lights which burned without a flame”. These where skyscrapers,cars and light bulbs which are all things in the present.


6.  At this point in the novel, does Equality accept the moral teachings of his society?  If so, why doesn’t he feel shame or remorse when he knows that he’s committing a crime?  Find evidence in the text to support your answer.

Yes, Equality does accept the moral teachings of his society, and he knows what he is doing is considered wrong . Equality does not feel shame or remorse because he wants to learn, he can not help the way he feels, and he knows that no matter how hard he has tried and could try he will never change.


7.  Would you want to be friends with someone like Equality?  Why or why not?

Yes, because he someone who wants to learn and know more, and he does not follow the crowd or go through the motions. Also, he seems more understanding and less ignorant than the others.




November 11, 2011

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