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

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

3. What country did Rand live in throughout her adulthood?
(a) Russia.
(b) Germany.
(c) The United States.
(d) Canada.

4. Rand states that the actually effect of socialism have been ________ the alleged goals.
(a) Opposite of.
(b) Achieved with.
(c) Different from.
(d) Synonymous with.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Rand states in her essay, "Government Financing in a Free Society," that her proposal for government financing is ________ in practice.

2. What is the extreme example Rand uses to illustrate what can go wrong in a society that doesn't uphold the rights of the individual?

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

4. Which country is said to have inspired Ayn Rand's objectivist theory, and caused her to reject all forms of collectivized government?

5. Which country's monuments does Rand state have always been quite modest?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 thoughts on racism and how does she define it?

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

7. 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.

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

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

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