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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 Greek philosopher is mentioned once within the book?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Sophocles.
(c) Descartes.
(d) Nietzche.

2. Which German philosopher does Rand oppose within her own philosophical theory?
(a) Sartre.
(b) Nietzche.
(c) Kafka.
(d) Aristotle.

3. Which of the following is not included in Branden's list of avenues where people find pleasure?
(a) Art.
(b) Recreation.
(c) Balance.
(d) Sex.

4. Finish this argument as Rand presents it: X is ___________; therefore, his argument is false.
(a) Rational.
(b) Too religious.
(c) Immoral.
(d) Irrational.

5. What year did Nathaniel Branden write his essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish?"
(a) 1963.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1961.
(d) 1962.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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 ______.

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

4. According to Rand, compromise is synonymous with relinquishing one's ____________.

5. What basis are you acting on if you audition for a Broadway show, after wanting to become a singer, you are an extremely competent singer, and you have performed on stage before?

Short Essay Questions

1. What commonly upheld principle does Rand deem evil in Western Society as stated in her essay on living a rational life?

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

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

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

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

6. What are Rand's thoughts on human error?

7. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

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

9. Why does Rand reject the widely accepted views of morals and values in regard to human existence?

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

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