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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Rand, compromise is similar to what?
(a) Surrender.
(b) Defeat.
(c) Victory.
(d) Common ground.

2. In Rand's essay, "How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?" Rand states that people often dismiss evil around them out of what?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Fear.
(d) Irrationality.

3. According to the principles of selfishness, what would be the correct route for convincing an employer that you are the proper candidate for a job?
(a) Flatter your prospective employer.
(b) Tell the employer of your competitor's incompetence.
(c) Explain your competence.
(d) Only apply for a job in which you are extremely over-qualified.

4. Which Greek philosopher is mentioned once within the book?
(a) Sophocles.
(b) Descartes.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Nietzche.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rand, what type of principles have ruled Western Society for years?

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

3. According to Nathaniel Branden, what word is intellectually confused with "self-sacrifice?"

4. Rand clarifies her point about compromise when she asks the question about the compromise ______ and _______ along with the question of reason versus irrationality.

5. According to Rand, compromise is synonymous with relinquishing one's ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rand describe the acts of good will committed by an altruist?

2. How might one find pleasure in doing productive work?

3. What would Rand say about a person who searches for the good in some situations but does "the wrong thing" by mistake?

4. What is Ayn Rand's overall attempt in the writing of her essay, "The Cult of Moral Grayness?"

5. According to Rand, how must people evaluate their own rational self interest in a given situation?

6. What does Rand say about an act of good will in the case of an emergency?

7. In Rand's essay, "Doesn't Life Require Compromise?", what does she claim is synonymous with compromise?

8. According to Branden's essay, "The Psychology of Pleasure," how are a person's individual pleasures determined?

9. How does Rand describe the objectivist's act of good will?

10. What is context-dropping, and who uses it?

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