Anthem by Ayn Rand

Anthem by Ayn Rand

ISBN 978-1-60857-011-9

Grammardog Teacher's Guide contains 16 quizzes for this dystopic tale.  All sentences are from the novel.  Quizzes use short sentences characteristic of the futuristic genre.  Figurative language contrasts nature with the sterile world of dystopia (blue as morning, puddle of light, the trees have swallowed the ruins).  Allusions reflect the conflict between government and technology and mythology and archetypal symbols that stir the emotions.

PLOT SUMMARY:  Rugged individualist finds life outside of a police state.  The Grammardog Guide to ANTHEM features sentences from the novel in 16 grammar, style and proofreading quizzes that reinforce plot, characters and themes.  The novel tells the story of Equality 7-2521, a young man who questions his existence in an oppressive dystopic state.  Even though he is bright and dreams of being a Scholar, Equality is forced to be a Street Sweeper.  While working one day he and his friends discover a tunnel from the Unmentionable Times.  The tunnel becomes his laboratory.  Equality falls in love with a peasant girl named Liberty 5-3000 whom he cannot marry because the government will assign a woman to him at the annual Time of Mating.  His name for Liberty is The Golden One.

In his laboratory Equality re-discovers electricity.  When he presents his discovery to the World Council of Scholars, he is punished for conducting unauthorized research.  Equality escapes to the Uncharted Forest where he is alone but free.  Liberty follows him to the forest where they live in a home from the Unmentionable Times.  They read books they find that contain the forbidden word “I.”  Equality re-names himself Prometheus and Liberty becomes Gaea.  The couple plan a life together in a new world where they are free individuals.

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