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

2. What is it impossible to pursue in a "non-free" society?

3. According to Rand, without these two things there can be no gray.

4. What does Rand believe the nature of the human mind to be?

5. From the objectivist perspective, what should the risk on committing an act of good will be proportionate to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

2. According to Nathaniel Branden, why is mental health needed for human life and survival?

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

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

5. According to Branden's essay, "The Psychology of Pleasure," how are a person's individual pleasures determined?

6. What commonly upheld principle does Rand deem evil in Western Society as stated in her essay on living a rational life?

7. What are Branden's thoughts on anxiety and guilt as stated in his essay regarding Mental Health and Mysticism?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does it mean that someone should not attempt to further oneself at the expense of another? Cite some examples.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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