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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. From the objectivist perspective, what should the risk on committing an act of good will be proportionate to?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What does Rand believe the nature of the human mind to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How might one find pleasure in doing productive work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. According to Nathaniel Branden, why is mental health needed for human life and survival?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

From what you know of Rand and her relationship with Branden, is it possible for a person to care for other human beings without violating the theory of Objectivism? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Rand's reasoning for considering the irrationality of philosophy and philosophers.

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