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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. Rand believes that because of altruism, what is the only reason people help others?
2. What word does Rand use in "The Cult of Moral Grayness" to describe the common trend for people to believe there are not "blacks" and "whites," only grays?
3. What year did Ayn Rand write the essay, "The Cult of Moral Grayness?"
4. What is necessary for the existence of self-esteem according to Branden?
5. What is it impossible to pursue in a "non-free" society?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Branden's ideas of self-sacrifice regarding mental health?
2. According to Branden, what are the avenues where one would find pleasure, and why can one find pleasure in such avenues?
3. How might one find pleasure in doing productive work?
4. What does Ayn Rand believe happens in the process of a compromise?
5. Why does Rand reject the widely accepted views of morals and values in regard to human existence?
6. How does Rand describe the acts of good will committed by an altruist?
7. In "Isn't Everyone Selfish?", how does Branden describe the process upon which men act in their own self interest?
8. What commonly upheld principle does Rand deem evil in Western Society as stated in her essay on living a rational life?
9. What is context-dropping, and who uses it?
10. In Rand's essay, "Doesn't Life Require Compromise?", what does she claim is synonymous with compromise?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are Rand's thoughts on American society and government? What are the benefits that Rand cites throughout her works?
Essay Topic 2
How does Ayn Rand feel a government should finance itself? What are some potential problems with Rand's proposal?
Essay Topic 3
Describe Ayn Rand's philosophy on Objectivism as stated in her essay on objectivist ethics. What are the main ideas of Objectivist ethics?
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