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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. Who is the noble, true, infallible judge in Western society, according to Rand?

2. Complete the sentence. A _________ person's desire for pleasure is the desire to escape reality.

3. According to Rand, every interest that a person employs must be based in ________.

4. What is necessary for the existence of self-esteem according to Branden?

5. Which of the following does not fall into the category of what Branden would consider a proper avenue for seeking pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Rand, do humans need government? How does Ayn Rand define government?

3. 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.

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

5. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

6. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

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

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

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 Ayn Rand's thoughts on racism and how does she define it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What does Nathanial Branden mean when he discusses, "The Divine Right of Stagnation?" How is this perpetuated in 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

Ayn Rand mentions socialism and her feelings towards it throughout her essays. What is socialism? Why is Rand against it? Do you see any potential benefits of a socialist society?

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