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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 Rand, what people define the standards for "good" in a society?

2. Complete the quote: "_____ is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause."

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

4. 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 ______.

5. What does self-esteem provide a person with according to Branden?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rand describe the acts of good will committed by an altruist?

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

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

4. How might society commonly define compromise?

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

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

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

8. How does Rand describe the objectivist's act of good will?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Ayn Rand's philosophy on Objectivism as stated in her essay on objectivist ethics. What are the main ideas of Objectivist ethics?

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

Typically, members of Western Society deem the passing of moral judgment as wrong. What does Rand say about the subject? How does she support her thoughts?

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