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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 term is defined as "a manifestation of helplessness, of self-loathing and of the desire for the unearned?"
(a) Self affliction.
(b) Power planning.
(c) Power lust.
(d) Self preservation.

2. According to Ayn Rand, on what basis must the individual give to public works?
(a) Lottery.
(b) Voluntary.
(c) Religious.
(d) Mandated.

3. In Rand's essay, "Man's Rights," she describes a right as the freedom of _______.
(a) Life.
(b) Action.
(c) Power.
(d) Belief.

4. According to Rand, what is defined as conducting one's life according to the divinity of nonexistent beings?
(a) Altruism.
(b) Religion.
(c) Morality.
(d) Buddhism.

5. Which country established a socialist system by vote?
(a) The United States.
(b) Soviet Russia.
(c) France.
(d) Nazi Germany.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rand's essay, "Man's Rights," she describes several societies that exhibited a collectivist system. Which society is not included?

2. The principle of collectivized ethics supposes that one must live for the benefit of what?

3. What are the two benefits one can gain from living a social existence?

4. According to Rand, what do humans need if they are to live in a society?

5. What political system is characterized by private or corporate ownership of property?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. What does Nathaniel Branden discuss in his essay, "The Divine Right of Stagnation," in regard to human growth?

5. What are Ayn Rand's views on mandatory taxation?

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

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

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

9. What does it mean to live an existence of stagnation, according to Nathaniel Branden? What scenarios does Nathaniel Branden present in his explanation?

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

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