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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. Finish the sentence: According to Ayn Rand, society must provide an organized protection against _________.
(a) Government.
(b) Wrong-doers.
(c) Force.
(d) Irrationality.

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. In Rand's essay, "The Monument Builders," what is the Moscow subway lined with?
(a) Marble.
(b) Gold.
(c) Pine.
(d) Granite.

4. What does Rand blame on the notion that causes men to feel inferior?
(a) Misogyny.
(b) Sexism.
(c) Inferiority.
(d) Racism.

5. In which political system does the government own all societal goods and provide the people with what they need?
(a) Libertarian.
(b) Capitalist.
(c) Socialism.
(d) Communist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What method does Rand give for implementing her government financing plan?

2. In which year was Branden's essay, "Counterfeit Individualism" written?

3. Rand calls government taxation laws an initiation of _________.

4. Which of the following is not in violation of human survival as stated by the objectivist principle?

5. Historically, what did socialist economic planning come about as a reaction to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

2. In Rand's essay, "Collectivized Ethics," Rand uses the principle to explain communism, communist thought, and society. Explain Ayn Rand's revulsion toward communism and how it pairs with collectivized ethics.

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

4. How does Ayn Rand describe "Socialism" in her essay, "The Monument Builders?"

5. What is Rand's view on the Civil Rights Bill of 1964?

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

7. Explain the idea of "Collectivized Rights" as Rand describes.

8. According to Ayn Rand, what are the benefits one can gain from living a social existence?

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

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

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