The Virtue of Selfishness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rand, what does an act of good will require in the eyes of an altruist?

2. According to Rand, what are the notions of altruist thought perpetuated by?

3. What must one have before being able to find meaningful relationships with others?

4. According to "Isn't Everyone Selfish?", one must ask which question about the desired action?

5. What type of tools must one use in a real life situation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is context-dropping, and who uses it?

2. What does Rand say about the definition of society in her essay "The Objectivist Ethics?"

3. Describe what Rand states in "The Objectivist Ethics" that philosophers and scientists have never been able to do?

4. How must one first begin to identify what is gray, according to Ayn Rand?

5. In "Isn't Everyone Selfish?", how does Branden describe the process upon which men act in their own self interest?

6. What does Ayn Rand say about the creation and origins of good and evil in her essay "The Objectivist Ethics?"

7. How does Rand define "context" in her explanation of the four considerations described?

8. How does Rand describe the objectivist's act of good will?

9. What is Ayn Rand's overall attempt in the writing of her essay, "The Cult of Moral Grayness?"

10. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rand finds there are many problems with the government as well as the views of Western Society. Rand explains her solutions to the many problems that exist within the society. According to Rand, what does she consider to be the traits of a "free" society?

Essay Topic 2

In one of her essays, Rand mentions the notion of "moral grayness." What is moral grayness according to Rand? Is the act of moral grayness an evil act? Why and when?

Essay Topic 3

In Rand's essay on "The Monument Builders," Rand challenges and rejects the socialist movement. What does Rand dislike about the socialist movement? What is the significance of the title?

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