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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 law does Rand propose should be used to determine man's interests?
(a) Law of Actual Reality.
(b) Law of the Land.
(c) Laws of the Self.
(d) Law of Identity.

2. Which of the following vocabulary words were not defined in Branden's essay on Mental Health versus Mysticism?
(a) Reason.
(b) Grief.
(c) Self-esteem.
(d) Sacrifice.

3. Finish the statement: According to Rand, " One must _____, and prepare to be _______."
(a) Judge, judged.
(b) Act, questioned.
(c) Act, judged.
(d) Love, loved.

4. In the act of conceding one's own reason in favor of another's, one commits an act of ______________.
(a) Irrationality.
(b) Self destruction.
(c) Morality.
(d) Compromise.

5. In what year did Rand write the essay, "The 'Conflicts' of Men's Interests?"
(a) 1972.
(b) 1963.
(c) 1961.
(d) 1962.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rand claim about the existence of compromise?

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. Branden states in his essay, "The Psychology of Pleasure" that pleasure is not a _________, but a psychological need.

4. According to Ayn Rand, human error is _______________.

5. Which of the following is not included in the hierarchy Rand gives in the objectivist evaluation of committing an act of good will?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

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

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

7. Explain Rand's idea of the four considerations of a rational man's thought and their function.

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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