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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. According to Branden, which concept is used by Mystics to encourage human self-sacrifice?
(a) Peace.
(b) Jesus Christ.
(c) Faith.
(d) Holiness.

2. What is it impossible to pursue in a "non-free" society?
(a) Equality.
(b) Total freedom.
(c) Rational interests.
(d) Establishment.

3. What type of need does "mental health" fall under?
(a) Biological.
(b) Social.
(c) Geographical.
(d) Rational.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Branden, what must human beings have in order to have pleasure?

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

3. Which of the following words is not included in those Rand uses to describe desire?

4. Which of the following vocabulary words were not defined in Branden's essay on Mental Health versus Mysticism?

5. Who is Nathaniel Branden in the context of this collection?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

4. How does Rand define "context" in her explanation of the four considerations described?

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

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

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

8. What is context-dropping, and who uses it?

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

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

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