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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. Ayn Rand defines value as something that a person believes is necessary to do what?
(a) Learn and keep.
(b) Keep and follow.
(c) Obtain and obey.
(d) Obtain and keep.

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

3. No one ever really sacrifices oneself because every direct action is motivated by a person's desire. What does Branden say about this statement?
(a) That it is absolutely correct.
(b) That is needs to be proven.
(c) That it is faulty.
(d) That it is absolutely incorrect.

4. What does Rand claim about the existence of compromise?
(a) That it paves the way toward human reason.
(b) That it can only exist with very rational people.
(c) That it is possible.
(d) That there is no compromise.

5. Rand believes that because of altruism, what is the only reason people help others?
(a) Obligation.
(b) Guilt.
(c) Fame.
(d) Public Recognition.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rand, what does an act of good will require in the eyes of an altruist?

2. According to Rand, what does an act of good will require in the eyes of the objectivist?

3. In what year did Rand write the essay, "The 'Conflicts' of Men's Interests?"

4. What does Rand claim that Objectivists ethics are in the essay on Objectivist ethics?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

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

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

5. How does altruism fit into Branden's essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish?"

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

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

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

9. What is faulty about the notion that everyone is selfish?

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

(see the answer keys)

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