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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9, "The Cult of Moral Grayness", Ayn Rand (1964).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Rand, without these two things there can be no gray.
(a) Black and white.
(b) Reason and rationality.
(c) Reason and self-interest.
(d) Gray and white.

2. In Rand's essay, "How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?" Rand states that people often dismiss evil around them out of what?
(a) Irrationality.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Fear.
(d) Ignorance.

3. What is a person considered to be who attempts to find the morally good in a given situation but acts incorrectly by honest mistake?
(a) White.
(b) Pink.
(c) Black.
(d) Gray.

4. Finish the sentence based upon Rand's theory: One must achieve interests by her own efforts only and not at the expense of another's ______.
(a) Achievements.
(b) Loss.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Efforts.

5. What does Rand claim is not a valid standard of value in her essay on "The 'Conflicts' of Men's Interests?"
(a) Urges.
(b) Whims.
(c) Desires.
(d) Frustration.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it impossible to pursue in a "non-free" society?

2. In what year was "The Ethics of Emergencies" written?

3. According to Ayn Rand, human error is _______________.

4. No one ever really sacrifices oneself because every direct action is motivated by a person's desire. What does Branden say about this statement?

5. On what principle is a person who steals something they want acting on?

(see the answer key)

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