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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the noble, true, infallible judge in Western society, according to Rand?
(a) God.
(b) Jesus Christ.
(c) The President.
(d) Religious leaders.

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

3. What type of need does "mental health" fall under?
(a) Rational.
(b) Biological.
(c) Geographical.
(d) Social.

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

5. What notion does Branden attempt to refute in his essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish"?
(a) That selfishness is the right way.
(b) That selfishness is cruel and wrong.
(c) That not all people are selfish.
(d) That everyone is selfish.

6. In what year was "Atlas Shrugged" published?
(a) 1957.
(b) 1963.
(c) 1956.
(d) 1962.

7. In Rand's essay on "The 'Conflicts' of Men's Interests," what are the two ways she claims that goals can be met?
(a) Directly and with proper intent.
(b) Purely and Directly.
(c) Directly and Indirectly.
(d) Complete and Incomplete.

8. Who is Nathaniel Branden in the context of this collection?
(a) Rand's husband.
(b) Rand's favorite writer.
(c) Rand's associate.
(d) The creator of Objectivism.

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

10. Rand believes that altruism has destroyed the concept of authentic __________ among men.
(a) Benevolence.
(b) Companionship.
(c) Friendship.
(d) Generousity.

11. What country is Ayn Rand originally from?
(a) The United States.
(b) Germany.
(c) Russia.
(d) The United Kingdom.

12. Which law does Rand propose should be used to determine man's interests?
(a) Laws of the Self.
(b) Law of the Land.
(c) Law of Actual Reality.
(d) Law of Identity.

13. According to Branden, which concept is used by Mystics to encourage human self-sacrifice?
(a) Faith.
(b) Holiness.
(c) Peace.
(d) Jesus Christ.

14. No one ever really sacrifices oneself because every direct action is motivated by a person's desire. What does Branden say about this statement?
(a) That it is faulty.
(b) That is needs to be proven.
(c) That it is absolutely correct.
(d) That it is absolutely incorrect.

15. In which year was the "Psychology of Pleasure" written?
(a) 1963.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1964.
(d) 1961.

Short Answer Questions

1. Branden's notion of pleasure being a psychological need also fits into which of his other notions?

2. Which of the following words is not included in those Rand uses to describe desire?

3. 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 ______.

4. According to Rand, what people define the standards for "good" in a society?

5. Which of the following is not included in the events of an emergency according to Rand's essay on "The Ethics of Emergencies"?

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