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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) Russia.
(b) United Kingdom.
(c) United States.
(d) China.

2. Which American group does Rand attack in her essay, "Collectivized Ethics?"
(a) Republicans.
(b) 1960s Liberals.
(c) Conservatives.
(d) Activists.

3. According to Rand, what do humans need if they are to live in a society?
(a) Family.
(b) Companionship.
(c) Government.
(d) Total Freedom.

4. Which major historical event ended just two decades before the essay, "The Monument Builders" was written?
(a) The Korean Conflict.
(b) World War I.
(c) World War II.
(d) The Cold War.

5. Rand calls government taxation laws an initiation of _________.
(a) Finance.
(b) Force.
(c) Precedent.
(d) Choice.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Objectivist thought, what does the individual live for?

2. Rand believes that the socialist theory as a whole is _______.

3. According to Rand, which country was the first to establish a system in which the society was subordinated to the individual rights?

4. Which country does Rand seek refuge after fleeing Soviet Russia?

5. Which political system does Rand mention in "Collectivized Ethics," where she states men are free to produce and compete?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. What are Ayn Rand's thoughts on racism and how does she define it?

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