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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. From the altruist perspective, saving the life of a stranger is equivalent to saving the life of _________.

3. At the conclusion of Rand's essay on the Objectivist ethics, what does she state is the standard value for the Objectivist?

4. What was Ayn Rand's last work of fiction?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How might society commonly define compromise?

5. How must one first begin to identify what is gray, according to Ayn Rand?

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

7. How does altruism fit into Branden's essay, "Isn't Everyone Selfish?"

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

9. According to Nathaniel Branden, why do mystics decree pride as an evil?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rand finds there are many problems with the government as well as the views of Western Society. Rand explains her solutions to the many problems that exist within the society. According to Rand, what does she consider to be the traits of a "free" society?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

What are the reasons Rand gives about why it is beneficial to live within a society? Does her reasoning conflict with objectivist thought?

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