The Virtue of Selfishness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 created "good" and evil" according to Rand?

2. In Rand's essay, "How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?" Rand states that people often dismiss evil around them out of what?

3. Rand states that judgment is a ______ action to commit.

4. According to Rand, what are the notions of altruist thought perpetuated by?

5. Finish the statement: According to Rand, " One must _____, and prepare to be _______."

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ayn Rand's overall attempt in the writing of her essay, "The Cult of Moral Grayness?"

2. What does Ayn Rand believe happens in the process of a compromise?

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

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

5. According to Rand, how must people evaluate their own rational self interest in a given situation?

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

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

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

9. What is the answer to the question, "How does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nathaniel Branden claims that moralists and mystics contribute to the destruction of one's mental health. Explain his reasoning on this topic, regarding how morality and mysticism are directly related to one's mental health. Cite examples from the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Is it racist to think in terms of black and white? What are the similarities between racism and thinking in terms of black and white? What are the major differences? What does Rand say about each?

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