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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. With which country's form of government does Rand largely agree?
(a) United States.
(b) China.
(c) Russia.
(d) United Kingdom.

2. What are the two benefits one can gain from living a social existence?
(a) Knowledge and trade.
(b) Supply and demand.
(c) Happiness and trade.
(d) Knowledge and happiness.

3. According to Rand, which country was the first to establish a system in which the society was subordinated to the individual rights?
(a) The United States.
(b) The United Kingdom.
(c) Ancient Egypt.
(d) Ancient Greece.

4. As Rand states, how must a collectivist society be formed to operate morally?
(a) Objectively.
(b) Morally.
(c) Correctly.
(d) Freely.

5. According to Ayn Rand, this is the only time physical force is warranted.
(a) Self defense.
(b) Crime of passion.
(c) Government mandates.
(d) Anger.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rand, a nation has only the right to __________ of its individual citizens.

2. According to Ayn Rand, the major problem of socialism is the denial of what type of rights?

3. What is "the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage?"

4. Which of the following is not considered a public project?

5. Rand states that the alleged goal of socialism was to end ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

2. What is the definition of "power lust" as defined by Ayn Rand in her essay, "The Monument Builders?" Explain.

3. Does Ayn Rand believe that a society must devise a moral code? How should a society decide upon a moral code?

4. How do people falsely define Individualism, as stated by Nathaniel Branden?

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

6. How does Rand define rights in her essay, "Man's Rights?"

7. How does Ayn Rand believe that a government should finance itself in a free society?

8. What is the focus of the essay, "The Monument Builders?"

9. How does Louis XIV fit into Ayn Rand's discussion in her essay, "The Monument Builders?"

10. According to Rand, do humans need government? How does Ayn Rand define government?

(see the answer keys)

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