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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 country is Ayn Rand originally from?
(a) The United Kingdom.
(b) Russia.
(c) The United States.
(d) Germany.

2. In what year was "The Ethics of Emergencies" written?
(a) 1963.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1961.
(d) 1962.

3. Who is the noble, true, infallible judge in Western society, according to Rand?
(a) Jesus Christ.
(b) God.
(c) The President.
(d) Religious leaders.

4. What does Branden identify as being referred to as an "evil" by Mystics?
(a) Sloth.
(b) Greed.
(c) Envy.
(d) Pride.

5. What concept is mentioned once in the book that according to Rand, largely influences collectivist, Western thought?
(a) Government.
(b) God.
(c) Epistomology.
(d) Religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rand, every interest that a person employs must be based in ________.

2. Finish the statement. "A" is _________.

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

4. According to "Isn't Everyone Selfish?", one must ask which question about the desired action?

5. In what year was "Atlas Shrugged" published?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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