For the New Intellectual; the Philosophy of Ayn Rand Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rand says that America is built on which ideal?

2. When was The Fountainhead published?

3. What does Anthem concern?

4. What is Howard's occupation?

5. What does the man in Anthem realize he owes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role symbolism plays in For the New Intellectual. Specifically focus on one of the stories in the text. What are the characters in this story symbolic of? How does symbolism relate to Rand's whole thesis and to the central conflict of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Rand defends the concept of self-interest, especially in Atlas Shrugged. How does Rand defend self-interest? What kind of self-interest does she defend, if so? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Essay Topic 3

What is Rand's purpose in writing For the New Intellectual? How do you know? Is the purpose clear and straightforward? Why or why not?

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