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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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?

3. What type of tools must one use in a real life situation?

4. Who is the noble, true, infallible judge in Western society, according to Rand?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ayn Rand believe happens in the process of a compromise?

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

3. What is the answer to the question, "How does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?"

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

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

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

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

8. Describe what Rand states in "The Objectivist Ethics" that philosophers and scientists have never been able to do?

9. What does Rand mean when she discusses the "cult of moral grayness?"

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

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