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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 Ayn Rand, one must pass moral judgment in order to live what kind of life?
(a) Evil.
(b) Irrational.
(c) Good.
(d) Rational.

2. According to Rand, what type of principles have ruled Western Society for years?
(a) Egotistical.
(b) Irrational.
(c) Judeo-Christian.
(d) Christian.

3. Who created "good" and evil" according to Rand?
(a) Various religions.
(b) God.
(c) Church Fathers.
(d) Humans.

4. Finish the sentence based upon Rand's theory: One must achieve interests by her own efforts only and not at the expense of another's ______.
(a) Loss.
(b) Efforts.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Achievements.

5. According to Rand, what are ideas of mysticism and morality based upon?
(a) Loathing.
(b) Fear.
(c) Whim.
(d) Religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. To be selfish is not simply to act on the basis of a __________.

2. Which of the following does not fall into the category of what Branden would consider a proper avenue for seeking pleasure?

3. What does Branden acknowledge as being one of the major causes of mental degradation?

4. The function of pleasure is to give a man his own sense of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Ayn Rand's overall attempt in the writing of her essay, "The Cult of Moral Grayness?"

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

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

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

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

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