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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what principle is a person who steals something they want acting on?
(a) Whim.
(b) Self-interest.
(c) Rational thought.
(d) Libertarianism.

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

3. Ayn Rand defines value as something that a person believes is necessary to do what?
(a) Obtain and keep.
(b) Obtain and obey.
(c) Learn and keep.
(d) Keep and follow.

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

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

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

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

8. Branden's notion of pleasure being a psychological need also fits into which of his other notions?
(a) Mental health.
(b) Morality.
(c) Mysticism.
(d) Happiness.

9. What type of scheme does Branden's essay on Mental Health versus Mysticism attempt to illustrate?
(a) Cause and effect.
(b) Likert.
(c) Pros and cons.
(d) Manipulation.

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

11. Finish the statement: According to Rand, " One must _____, and prepare to be _______."
(a) Act, questioned.
(b) Judge, judged.
(c) Love, loved.
(d) Act, judged.

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

13. Branden states in his essay, "The Psychology of Pleasure" that pleasure is not a _________, but a psychological need.
(a) Luxury.
(b) Necessity.
(c) Whim.
(d) Right.

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

15. According to Rand, a person who does not attempt to define what is right or wrong in a given situation, and acts as a mixture of the two is morally what?
(a) Right.
(b) Gray.
(c) White.
(d) Black.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is it impossible to pursue in a "non-free" society?

3. No one ever really sacrifices oneself because every direct action is motivated by a person's desire. What does Branden say about this statement?

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

5. According to Rand, without these two things there can be no gray.

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