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. In Rand's essay, "How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?" Rand states that people often dismiss evil around them out of what?

2. According to Branden, "The Psychology of Pleasure," how many major avenues are there for one to seek pleasure?

3. Which instinct does self-sacrifice directly contradict?

4. What does Rand claim about the existence of compromise?

5. What must the goals one chooses to pursue be in order to be a rational thinker?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rand mean when she discusses the "cult of moral grayness?"

2. What does Rand mean when she states that one must not achieve her own interests by her own efforts only and not at the expense of others?

3. In Rand's essay, "Doesn't Life Require Compromise?", what does she claim is synonymous with compromise?

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

5. How might one find pleasure in doing productive work?

6. What are Branden's ideas of self-sacrifice regarding mental health?

7. What is Ayn Rand's definition of judgment?

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

9. Explain Rand's idea of the four considerations of a rational man's thought and their function.

10. What does Ayn Rand believe happens in the process of a compromise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nathaniel Branden claims that moralists and mystics contribute to the destruction of one's mental health. Explain his reasoning on this topic, regarding how morality and mysticism are directly related to one's mental health. Cite examples from the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Rand's thoughts about racism as well as her contrasting views of the Civil Rights Bill that was passed in 1964. How are her feelings toward both situations ironic?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Rand's reasoning for considering the irrationality of philosophy and philosophers.

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