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Before reading the novel:

The transition from adolescence to adulthood involves developing a personal identity, a sense of self. Write a paragraph that describes you and explains what makes you uniquely you. Consider your future goals and dreams; what you value in a friend; favorite pets; preferred sports and hobbies; best-loved music, literature, movies, etc.

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Assignments

Due Dates

Chapters 1-5 Questions

Monday, March 24th 2014

Chapters 6-10 Questions

Friday, March 28th 2014

Chapters 11-12 and Post Reading Questions

Monday, March 31st 2014

Essay – Shared on Google Drive

April 4th, 2014



Term and Definition

Examples from Anthem (include two examples per term)

(a) Why is this character or act condemned in Anthem? (b) Should it be condemned? Explain why or why not.

Trangression: The breaking of a law or oath

Transgression of Preference: Equality chooses International 4-8818 as his friend (p. 30).

(a) They are taught that the individual is nothing, mankind is everything, and that everyone must be treated with absolute equality. To choose a friend is to single out, and elevate, one man from the group. Also, choosing a friend requires individual thought, personal choices, and value judgments, all of which are forbidden. They are expected to be mindless, and thus selfless.


Sin:










Curse:










Crime:










Evil:










Damned:










Chapter I


  1. (a) In a well-organized 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.

(b) Would you want to live in this society? Explain why or why not.



  1. In this chapter Equality 7-2521 states that it is very unusual for men to reach the age of 45. Why is life expectancy so short in his society?



  1. 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.



  1. Why does the Council of Vocations assign Equality the job of street sweeper? Explain.



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



  1. (a) How would your teachers react if you had Equality’s “curse”? (b) Why do Equality’s teachers disapprove of his quick mind?



  1. 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 textual evidence to support your answer.


Chapter II

  1. Reread the account of Liberty 5-3000 on page 38. What character traits are revealed in this brief description?



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



  1. Contrast Equality with the rest of the men living in this society (p. 46).



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



  1. Complete the following chart in which you explain the following terms:

Term

Inferred Definition

The Great Truth


The Unmentionable Times


The Uncharted Forest


The Evil Ones


The Great Rebirth




  1. (a) What word is Equality struggling to recapture on page 49?(b) 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?

Chapter III

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



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

Chapter IV

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

Chapter V

  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.



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

Chapter VI

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

Chapter VII

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



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



  1. What does Equality mean, at the beginning of the chapter, when he says, “We are old now, but we were young this morning” (p. 68)?

Chapter VIII

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



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



  1. What does the Uncharted Forest symbolize in Anthem?


Chapter IX

  1. On pages 93–94, Liberty contrasts Equality with his fellow men. Paraphrase this passage.



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

Chapter X

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


Chapter XI

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



  1. Explain the following quotes in your own words, and discuss how they can be applied to your life:(a) “Whatever road I take, the guiding star is within me.”(b) “For the word ‘We’ must never be spoken, save by one’s choice and as a second thought.”



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



  1. In what ways is “I” like a god?



  1. Reread the incident with the Saint of the Pyre (p. 50). What was he trying to communicate to Equality?


Chapter XII

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



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



  1. Prometheus reaches the important realization that “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers” (p. 101). Cite several examples from Anthem that illustrate the truth of this statement.

After reading the novel:

Review your pre-reading activity. Which of your personal values, goals and loves would be allowed in the society portrayed in Anthem? Would any of them be forbidden? Why?

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ESSAY (DUE April 4th 2014)

Select ONE of the following three topics:

  1. In many real and fictionalized totalitarian societies, children live apart from their families. Why would dictatorial leaders enforce this living arrangement?

  2. In the final chapter of Anthem, Prometheus writes that he now understands “why the best in me had been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins.” What has Prometheus come to understand about himself? Why does his society regard the “best in him” as sinful?

  3. Prometheus writes: “The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.” (Chapter 3) Why does he think that the secrets of this earth are not for all men to see? If he thinks this, why does he decide to show his glass box to the World Council of Scholars? How do these issues relate to the theme of the novel?

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Essay must be 600-1200 words in length, and double-spaced.

  • 12 pt. font; shared with Ms. Richard on Google Drive

ANTHEM ESSAY RUBRIC

CRITERION A: Knowledge and Understanding

Superior (4)

Proficient (3)

Developing (2)

Needs Improvement (1)

Demonstration of knowledge


demonstrates detailed knowledge and understanding of novel and totalitarianism/communism through developed and accurate descriptions, explanations and examples.

demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of novel and totalitarianism/ communism through accurate descriptions, explanations and examples.

demonstrates knowledge and understanding of novel and totalitarianism/communism through adequate descriptions, explanations or examples.

demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of novel and totalitarianism/communism with simple descriptions and/or examples.

CRITERION B:

Investigating

Superior (4)

Proficient (3)

Developing (2)

Needs Improvement (1)

Addressing the Question

Effectively addresses the question

Satisfactorily addresses the question

Partially addresses the question

Makes a limited attempt to address the question

CRITERION C: Thinking Critically

Superior (4)

Proficient (3)

Developing (2)

Needs Improvement (1)

Synthesis of Information

Synthesizes information to make valid and convincing arguments

Synthesizes information to make valid arguments

Makes connections between information to make simple arguments

Makes connections between information in a limited attempt to make simple arguments

Criterion D: Communicating

Superior (4)

Proficient (3)

Developing (2)

Needs Improvement (1)

Communication of ideas

Communicates information and ideas effectively; using a style that is consistently appropriate to the audience and purpose

Communicates information and ideas; using a style that is often appropriate to the audience and purpose

Communicates information and ideas; using a style that is sometimes appropriate to the audience and purpose

Communicates information and ideas; attempting in a limited way to use style that is appropriate to the audience and purpose

Structure

Structures information and ideas in a way that is consistently appropriate to the specified format

Structures information and ideas in a way that is often appropriate to the specified format

Structures information and ideas in a way that is sometimes appropriate to the specified format

Makes a limited attempt to structure information and ideas in a way that is appropriate to the specified format


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