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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. Rand describes that socialism can be practiced totally or partially. Which country does she use as an example of a partial socialist government?
(a) Nazi Germany.
(b) England.
(c) France.
(d) Russia.

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

3. Rand believes that the enactment of socialism has contributed to the _______ and destruction of individuals.
(a) Displacement.
(b) Torture.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Conformity.

4. Which country does Rand seek refuge after fleeing Soviet Russia?
(a) The United States.
(b) Germany.
(c) England.
(d) Austria.

5. Rand does not believe in public projects because the public project does not benefit whom?
(a) Anyone.
(b) Some individuals.
(c) Rationally.
(d) Every individual.

Short Answer Questions

1. Some may claim that Ayn Rand's proposal for government financing is _______.

2. According to Rand, what is defined as conducting one's life according to the divinity of nonexistent beings?

3. In which year was Rand's essay, "Collectivized Ethics," published?

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

5. Which country established a socialist system by vote?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

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

6. How must an individual justify his/her action, as stated by Nathaniel Branden in his essay, "Counterfeit Individualism?"

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

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

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

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

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