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ANTHEM Anticipation Guide (PDF) Ayn Rand

    This Anthem Anticipation Guide gets students thinking about key theme subjects before they start reading the text.  There are are 10 statements for consideration / reflection. Keep scrolling for more pre-reading questions and activities to use with Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novella.

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    Anthem Anticipation Guide (cut and paste):

    1. “I am not afraid to go against the crowd. I care more about preserving my individuality than fitting in.”
    2. “An ideal society would be based on perfect equality and the sharing of all wealth and resources.”
    3. “Teamwork makes the dream work. I love being part of a team. Collaboration and cooperation bring out the best in people.”
    4. “Governmental control, safety, and prosperity are more important than individual freedom.”
    5. “At some point, I would consider changing my legal name.”
    6. “Personal relationships (family, friendship, and romantic love) are essential to happiness.”
    7. “I have a responsibility to help people that who are less fortunate than myself.”
    8. “I enjoy learning even when it does not result in personal gain.”
    9. “I am not easily persuaded by the messages coming through popular culture, social media, peer pressure, or advertising.”
    10. “Eventually there will be one government that rules the world.”

    Anthem Anticipation Guide example responses:

    1) When you are true to yourself, you are living a more authentic and fulfilling life. You can express your unique qualities and contribute to the world in your own way. Being yourself allows you to make genuine connections with others who appreciate and accept you for who you really are.

    2) Sharing wealth in a society can help to promote equality, reduce poverty, foster social cohesion, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. These are all important goals that can contribute to a just, prosperous, and sustainable society.

    3) Cooperation and collaboration strengthen relationships between people, whether that involves working with colleagues, friends, or family members. By working together towards a common goal, people develop a sense of shared purpose and accomplishment that fosters a greater sense of community.

    4) Laws and regulations that restrict individual behavior are necessary to prevent harm to others and protect the environment. In these cases, government control is a way to balance the needs of the individual against the needs of the wider community.

    5) One of the most common reasons for changing one’s name is to assert or establish a personal identity. This might reflect one’s accomplishments, values, or cultural heritage.

    6) Some people are happier and healthier alone because they value autonomy, authenticity, focus, and reduced social pressure and interpersonal conflicts. These factors can contribute to a sense of well-being and contentment that is not dependent on interaction or external validation.

    7) For some people, helping the less fortunate is motivated by religious beliefs. They may believe that it is their duty to follow the teachings of their faith and to care for those who are less fortunate as an expression of their commitment.

    8) Simply acquiring knowledge without any practical application does not provide tangible benefits, and therefore is not worth the time and effort spent.

    9) Advertising can persuade without the subject realizing it. This occurs through a combination of emotional appeals (e.g., fear), subliminal messages, familiarity, and social proof.

    Anthem Pre-reading Questions (alternate format):

    1) Are you reluctant to go against the crowd? Is is more important to fit in or to preserve your individuality? Explain your views.

    2) Do you think that an ideal society would be based on equality and the sharing of all wealth and resources? Explain your views.

    3) Does teamwork make the dream work? Do you enjoy being part of a team? Do collaboration and cooperation truly bring out the best in people? Explain your views.

    4) What is more important, safety and prosperity or individual freedom and rights? Explain your views.

    5) Would you ever officially/legally change your name? Explain your views.

    6) How important are personal relationships (family, friendships, and romantic love) in finding happiness and fulfillment? Explain your views.

    7) Do you feel a responsibility to help people who are less fortunate than yourself? Explain your views.

    8) Do you enjoy the process of learning? Is learning worthwhile even when there is no direct personal gain? Explain your views.

    9) Are you easily persuaded by the messages coming through popular culture, social media, peer pressure, and advertising? Explain your views.

    10) Do you believe that in the future there will be one government that rules the world? Explain your views.

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    If you are using these prompts in discussion groups, consider giving students time to reflect and write individually before discussion begins. This may enable students to answer freely without being influenced by their peers.

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