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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 does Rand claim that Objectivists ethics are in the essay on Objectivist ethics?

2. According to Nathaniel Branden, what word is intellectually confused with "self-sacrifice?"

3. According to Rand, what term is used to describe a method in which one refuses to base his or her interests on context?

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

5. If a person saves a stranger from a burning building at the risk of their own life, then that person is acting upon which principles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ayn Rand so against compromise?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In one of her essays, Rand mentions the notion of "moral grayness." What is moral grayness according to Rand? Is the act of moral grayness an evil act? Why and when?

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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