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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. What are the two things Branden claims that perpetuate within society and threaten self-esteem?

2. Finish the sentence based upon Rand's theory: One must achieve interests by her own efforts only and not at the expense of another's ______.

3. What does Branden acknowledge as being one of the major causes of mental degradation?

4. What year did Nathaniel Branden write his essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish?"

5. In which publication did "The Virtue of Selfishness" first appear?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What is Branden's purpose in writing the essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish?"

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

5. What is faulty about the notion that everyone is selfish?

6. Explain the point Branden asserts at the beginning of "The Psychology of Pleasure."

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

8. What does Rand say about an act of good will in the case of an emergency?

9. What would Rand say about a person who searches for the good in some situations but does "the wrong thing" by mistake?

10. What are Rand's thoughts on human error?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using Rand's objectivist theory, explain why it is rational to aid others in an emergency situation. How does this differ from Rand's belief about helping others in a situation which is not considered an emergency?

Essay Topic 2

From what you know of Rand and her relationship with Branden, is it possible for a person to care for other human beings without violating the theory of Objectivism? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

How does Ayn Rand feel a government should finance itself? What are some potential problems with Rand's proposal?

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