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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 13, "Collectivized 'Rights'", Ayn Rand (1963).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Finish this argument as Rand presents it: X is ___________; therefore, his argument is false.
(a) Too religious.
(b) Rational.
(c) Immoral.
(d) Irrational.

2. According to Branden, what must human beings have in order to have pleasure?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Enlightenment.
(c) A sense of purpose.
(d) Self esteem.

3. To be selfish is not simply to act on the basis of a __________.
(a) Moral.
(b) Interest.
(c) Need.
(d) Whim.

4. Which Greek philosopher is mentioned once within the book?
(a) Nietzche.
(b) Descartes.
(c) Sophocles.
(d) Aristotle.

5. Rand states that the actually effect of socialism have been ________ the alleged goals.
(a) Different from.
(b) Achieved with.
(c) Synonymous with.
(d) Opposite of.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does self-esteem provide a person with according to Branden?

2. Rand states that the alleged goal of socialism was to end ________.

3. According to Rand, what does an act of good will require in the eyes of an altruist?

4. Which term is defined as "a manifestation of helplessness, of self-loathing and of the desire for the unearned?"

5. What type of need does "mental health" fall under?

(see the answer key)

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