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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What must the goals one chooses to pursue be in order to be a rational thinker?
(a) Ever-changing.
(b) Achieveable.
(c) Malleable.
(d) Flexible.

4. According to Ayn Rand, one must pass moral judgment in order to live what kind of life?
(a) Good.
(b) Evil.
(c) Irrational.
(d) Rational.

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

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

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

8. 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 ______.
(a) Loss.
(b) Achievements.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Efforts.

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

10. According to Rand, what are ideas of mysticism and morality based upon?
(a) Loathing.
(b) Religion.
(c) Whim.
(d) Fear.

11. 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) Total Freedom.
(c) Atlas Shrugged.
(d) The Virtue of Selfishness.

12. What does Rand claim that Objectivists ethics are in the essay on Objectivist ethics?
(a) True morality.
(b) Relgious elixir.
(c) Basic morality.
(d) Only morality.

13. Which fictional character from "Atlas Shrugged" does Ayn Rand constantly refer to in order to explain her Objectivist theory?
(a) Howard Roark.
(b) Peter Keating.
(c) Nathanial Branden.
(d) John Galt.

14. According to Nathaniel Branden, what word is intellectually confused with "self-sacrifice?"
(a) Gracious.
(b) Selfless.
(c) Altruism.
(d) Faithful.

15. Complete the sentence. A _________ person's desire for pleasure is the desire to escape reality.
(a) Irrational.
(b) Rational.
(c) Selfish.
(d) Neurotic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is necessary for the existence of self-esteem according to Branden?

2. Finish this argument as Rand presents it: X is ___________; therefore, his argument is false.

3. From the altruist perspective, saving the life of a stranger is equivalent to saving the life of _________.

4. According to Rand, compromise is similar to what?

5. Which Greek philosopher is mentioned once within the book?

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