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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the enemy of Individualism according to Rand and the objectivist theory?
(a) Mysticism.
(b) Socialism.
(c) Altruism.
(d) Capitalism.

2. What must one have before being able to find meaningful relationships with others?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Morality.
(c) Self interest.
(d) Self worth.

3. What does Rand claim about the existence of compromise?
(a) That it can only exist with very rational people.
(b) That it paves the way toward human reason.
(c) That there is no compromise.
(d) That it is possible.

4. In which publication did "The Virtue of Selfishness" first appear?
(a) The Objectivist Quarterly.
(b) The Journal of Behavioral Psychology.
(c) The Times.
(d) The Objectivist Newsletter.

5. According to "Isn't Everyone Selfish?", one must ask which question about the desired action?
(a) Why.
(b) When.
(c) Whether.
(d) How.

6. The function of pleasure is to give a man his own sense of what?
(a) Sufficiency.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Efficacy.
(d) Righteousness.

7. Which instinct does self-sacrifice directly contradict?
(a) Neurological.
(b) Survival.
(c) Protection.
(d) Fear.

8. What does Branden acknowledge as being one of the major causes of mental degradation?
(a) Christian dogma.
(b) Traditional doctrines.
(c) Anxiety.
(d) The government.

9. Although Rand does not support altruistic belief, she does not ______against it.
(a) Attack.
(b) Rebel.
(c) Speak.
(d) Act.

10. According to Branden, what determines a person's individual pleasures?
(a) Values.
(b) Desires.
(c) Mysticism.
(d) Whim.

11. Complete the quote: "_____ is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause."
(a) Need.
(b) Moral.
(c) Want.
(d) Whim.

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

13. According to Rand, what term is used to describe a method in which one refuses to base his or her interests on context?
(a) Context-popping.
(b) A drop-key.
(c) Context-dropping.
(d) Elimination of context.

14. From the altruist perspective, saving the life of a stranger is equivalent to saving the life of _________.
(a) A loved one.
(b) Yourself.
(c) All humans.
(d) God.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Branden write his essay, "Mental Health versus Mysticism and Self-Sacrifice?"

2. What does Branden identify as being referred to as an "evil" by Mystics?

3. Which philosopher does Rand mention in her essay on "The Objectivist Ethics?"

4. Which German philosopher does Rand oppose within her own philosophical theory?

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

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