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

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

3. If a person saves a stranger from a burning building at the risk of their own life, then that person is acting upon which principles?
(a) Self interest.
(b) Compromise.
(c) Altruistic.
(d) Objectivist.

4. According to Rand, compromise is synonymous with relinquishing one's ____________.
(a) Values.
(b) Self interest.
(c) Choice.
(d) Freedom.

5. According to Branden, "The Psychology of Pleasure," how many major avenues are there for one to seek pleasure?
(a) Five.
(b) Six.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is included in the four considerations of man's view of rationality that Rand describes?

2. What basis are you acting on if you audition for a Broadway show, after wanting to become a singer, you are an extremely competent singer, and you have performed on stage before?

3. 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?

4. According to Rand, what is the vessel in which the government seizes property and goods of the individual?

5. Which of the following is not included in Branden's list of avenues where people find pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Branden's ideas of self-sacrifice regarding mental health?

2. In "Isn't Everyone Selfish?", how does Branden describe the process upon which men act in their own self interest?

3. Why does Rand reject the widely accepted views of morals and values in regard to human existence?

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

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

6. What are Rand's thoughts on human error?

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

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

9. What does Rand mean when she states that one must not achieve her own interests by her own efforts only and not at the expense of others?

10. What commonly upheld principle does Rand deem evil in Western Society as stated in her essay on living a rational life?

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