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. What is a person considered to be who attempts to find the morally good in a given situation but acts incorrectly by honest mistake?

2. According to Rand, what does an act of good will require in the eyes of an altruist?

3. According to the principles of selfishness, what would be the correct route for convincing an employer that you are the proper candidate for a job?

4. In which year was "Doesn't Life Require Compromise?" written?

5. Which fictional character from "Atlas Shrugged" does Ayn Rand constantly refer to in order to explain her Objectivist theory?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. According to Branden, what are the avenues where one would find pleasure, and why can one find pleasure in such avenues?

8. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

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

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

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

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

Using Rand's objectivist theory, explain why it is rational to aid others in an emergency situation. How does this differ from Rand's belief about helping others in a situation which is not considered an emergency?

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