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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. What word does Rand use in "The Cult of Moral Grayness" to describe the common trend for people to believe there are not "blacks" and "whites," only grays?

2. In what year was "Atlas Shrugged" published?

3. Which of the following is included in the four considerations of man's view of rationality that Rand describes?

4. Which law does Rand propose should be used to determine man's interests?

5. In the act of conceding one's own reason in favor of another's, one commits an act of ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How must an individual justify his/her action, as stated by Nathaniel Branden in his essay, "Counterfeit Individualism?"

2. How does Rand define rights in her essay, "Man's Rights?"

3. What are Ayn Rand's thoughts on racism and how does she define it?

4. Why does Rand reject the widely accepted views of morals and values in regard to human existence?

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

6. What does Ayn Rand say about the creation and origins of good and evil in her essay "The Objectivist Ethics?"

7. What is the focus of the essay, "The Monument Builders?"

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

9. What does Rand mean when she states that one must not achieve her own interests by her own efforts only and not at the expense of others?

10. What does Rand say about the definition of society in her essay "The Objectivist Ethics?"

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Ayn Rand feel a government should finance itself? What are some potential problems with Rand's proposal?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Rand's thoughts about racism as well as her contrasting views of the Civil Rights Bill that was passed in 1964. How are her feelings toward both situations ironic?

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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