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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 does Rand believe the nature of the human mind to be?
(a) Driven by basic needs.
(b) Complex.
(c) Simple.
(d) A mystery.

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

3. In Branden's essay on "The Psychology of Pleasure" he lists five avenues upon which ________ people find pleasure.
(a) Happy.
(b) Rational.
(c) Sufficient.
(d) Egotistical.

4. In Rand's essay on "The 'Conflicts' of Men's Interests," what are the two ways she claims that goals can be met?
(a) Directly and with proper intent.
(b) Complete and Incomplete.
(c) Purely and Directly.
(d) Directly and Indirectly.

5. In which year was the "Psychology of Pleasure" written?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1961.
(d) 1963.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rand believes that altruism has destroyed the concept of authentic __________ among men.

2. According to Ayn Rand, one must pass moral judgment in order to live what kind of life?

3. At the conclusion of Rand's essay on the Objectivist ethics, what does she state is the standard value for the Objectivist?

4. Finish the statement: According to Rand, " One must _____, and prepare to be _______."

5. According to Branden, "The Psychology of Pleasure," how many major avenues are there for one to seek pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the notion of "collectivized ethics" as mentioned in Ayn Rand's essay, "Collectivized Ethics."

3. What type of projects does the principle of "collectivized ethics" support, and by which means are those tasks carried out? Explain.

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

5. According to Nathaniel Branden, why do mystics decree pride as an evil?

6. Why does Ayn Rand believe that the argument of ad hominem is immoral or irrational?

7. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

8. According to Branden, what are the avenues where one would find pleasure, and why can one find pleasure in such avenues?

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

10. What is Ayn Rand's definition of judgment?

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