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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the following does not fall into the category of what Branden would consider a proper avenue for seeking pleasure?
(a) Painting.
(b) Watching television.
(c) Writing a song.
(d) Working on a project.

3. Which of the following is included in the four considerations of man's view of rationality that Rand describes?
(a) Plausibility.
(b) Reality.
(c) Responsibility.
(d) Effort.

4. 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-dropping.
(b) Elimination of context.
(c) Context-popping.
(d) A drop-key.

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

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

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

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

9. Which of the following words is not included in those Rand uses to describe desire?
(a) Feelings.
(b) Emotions.
(c) Urges.
(d) Wishes.

10. 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 is needs to be proven.
(b) That it is absolutely correct.
(c) That it is faulty.
(d) That it is absolutely incorrect.

11. Which German philosopher does Rand oppose within her own philosophical theory?
(a) Kafka.
(b) Sartre.
(c) Nietzche.
(d) Aristotle.

12. In what year did Ayn Rand write, "How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?"
(a) 1961.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1963.

13. Who created "good" and evil" according to Rand?
(a) Humans.
(b) God.
(c) Various religions.
(d) Church Fathers.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What year did Nathaniel Branden write his essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish?"

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

4. Which of the following areas is Nathaniel Branden's area of expertise?

5. What was Ayn Rand's last work of fiction?

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