Anthem Test Directions: Answer the following essay questions using multiple paragraphs and clear, detailed sentences. Be sure to use specific and relevant details from the text. 1. Equality 7-2521 states that it is very unusual for men to reach the age of 45 (Chapter 1). Offer several possible explanations as to why life expectancy is so short in his society. 2. Is Anthem a heroic and inspiring story about the triumph of the individual’s independent spirit, a cautionary tale of the dangers of democracy, or something else? At the end of the novel, Equality is greatly outnumbered and modern society lies in ruins; does this spell liberation and hope or despair? Discuss. 3. In a single, unified essay, explain the philosophy of Rand as evidenced by each of the following quotes from the story. Also include your thoughts and feelings regarding this philosophy. “The glass box in our arms is like a living heart that gives us strength. We have lied to ourselves. We have not built this box for the good of our brothers” (Chapter 7). “I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning” (Chapter 11). “I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them” (Chapter 11).