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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Rand, what is the vessel in which the government seizes property and goods of the individual?
(a) Communism.
(b) Socialism.
(c) Libertarianism.
(d) Capitalism.

2. 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) Pink.
(b) Black.
(c) Gray.
(d) White.

3. What does Rand claim that Objectivists ethics are in the essay on Objectivist ethics?
(a) True morality.
(b) Relgious elixir.
(c) Only morality.
(d) Basic morality.

4. What concept is mentioned once in the book that according to Rand, largely influences collectivist, Western thought?
(a) God.
(b) Government.
(c) Epistomology.
(d) Religion.

5. What must the goals one chooses to pursue be in order to be a rational thinker?
(a) Achieveable.
(b) Flexible.
(c) Malleable.
(d) Ever-changing.

6. In which year was "Doesn't Life Require Compromise?" written?
(a) 1963.
(b) 1961.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1964.

7. Which of the following is not examined by Rand within "The Virtue of Selfishness?"
(a) Economics.
(b) Politics.
(c) Epistemology.
(d) Etymology.

8. What was Ayn Rand's last work of fiction?
(a) Atlas Shrugged.
(b) The Fountainhead.
(c) The Virtue of Selfishness.
(d) The Objectivist Ethics.

9. According to the principles of selfishness, what would be the correct route for convincing an employer that you are the proper candidate for a job?
(a) Only apply for a job in which you are extremely over-qualified.
(b) Explain your competence.
(c) Tell the employer of your competitor's incompetence.
(d) Flatter your prospective employer.

10. At the conclusion of Rand's essay on the Objectivist ethics, what does she state is the standard value for the Objectivist?
(a) The creation of offspring.
(b) The society.
(c) The development of the world.
(d) Man's life.

11. Rand states that judgment is a ______ action to commit.
(a) Moral.
(b) Correct.
(c) Professional.
(d) Difficult.

12. From the objectivist perspective, what should the risk on committing an act of good will be proportionate to?
(a) Public recognition.
(b) One's happiness.
(c) A reward.
(d) Nothing, it should be a selfless act.

13. Complete the sentence: In order to act in self interest, man must refuse to sacrifice a ________ value for a _______ one.
(a) Worse, better.
(b) Better, worse.
(c) Lower, higher.
(d) Higher, lower.

14. How does Western Society deem moral judgment?
(a) Evil.
(b) Good.
(c) Awful.
(d) Irrational.

15. According to Rand, what people define the standards for "good" in a society?
(a) Wise.
(b) Powerful.
(c) Strong.
(d) Religious.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rand, what are ideas of mysticism and morality based upon?

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?

3. To be selfish is not simply to act on the basis of a __________.

4. According to Branden, what do values in the context of ethics guide?

5. What does Rand believe the nature of the human mind to be?

(see the answer keys)

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