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

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

3. What type of tools must one use in a real life situation?
(a) Concrete.
(b) Suggestive.
(c) Rational.
(d) Non-concrete.

4. Which philosopher does Rand mention in her essay on "The Objectivist Ethics?"
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Copernicus.
(c) Plato.
(d) Nietzche.

5. 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) Irrationality.
(d) Fear.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the conclusion of Rand's essay on the Objectivist ethics, what does she state is the standard value for the Objectivist?

2. Rand defends her points by stating her belief that the mainstream practice of ethics goes against the reality of _________.

3. According to Branden, what determines a person's individual pleasures?

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. According to Branden, which word is intellectually confused with "selfishness?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the point Branden asserts at the beginning of "The Psychology of Pleasure."

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

3. What is Branden's purpose in writing the essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish?"

4. What are Branden's thoughts on anxiety and guilt as stated in his essay regarding Mental Health and Mysticism?

5. What does Rand say about the definition of society in her essay "The Objectivist Ethics?"

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

7. According to Nathaniel Branden, why is mental health needed for human life and survival?

8. How must one first begin to identify what is gray, according to Ayn Rand?

9. According to Branden, what are the avenues where one would find pleasure, and why can one find pleasure in such avenues?

10. How might society commonly define compromise?

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