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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rand believe the nature of the human mind to be?
(a) Simple.
(b) Complex.
(c) A mystery.
(d) Driven by basic needs.

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

3. What book did Rand write to illustrate her objectivist views by setting up a scenario where the characters protest against collectivist ideals?
(a) The Fountainhead.
(b) The Virtue of Selfishness.
(c) Atlas Shrugged.
(d) Total Freedom.

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

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

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

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

8. What is it impossible to pursue in a "non-free" society?
(a) Total freedom.
(b) Equality.
(c) Establishment.
(d) Rational interests.

9. According to Ayn Rand, human error is _______________.
(a) Unacceptable.
(b) Unavoidable.
(c) Acceptable.
(d) Avoidable.

10. According to Rand, what does an act of good will require in the eyes of the objectivist?
(a) Self-sacrifice.
(b) Self-manipulation.
(c) Selfishness.
(d) Self-interest.

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

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

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

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

15. What word does Rand state that philosophers substitute for God?
(a) Society.
(b) Satan.
(c) The Church.
(d) People.

Short Answer Questions

1. Complete the sentence. A _________ person's desire for pleasure is the desire to escape reality.

2. Which law does Rand propose should be used to determine man's interests?

3. Which instinct does self-sacrifice directly contradict?

4. According to Rand, what term is used to describe a method in which one refuses to base his or her interests on context?

5. On what principle is a person who steals something they want acting on?

(see the answer keys)

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