The Virtue of Selfishness Test | Final 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. Finish the quotation: "Individual rights are the means of subordinating ________ to moral law."

2. What does Nathaniel Branden state is a concept of ethics and politics and simultaneously a concept of ethics and psychology?

3. Historically, what did socialist economic planning come about as a reaction to?

4. Which country's monuments does Rand state have always been quite modest?

5. Rand vies for a political system in which public projects are not ________ society.

Short Essay Questions

1. How do people falsely define Individualism, as stated by Nathaniel Branden?

2. What does Rand consider to be the source of rights and how does she describe the origin?

3. What does it mean to live an existence of stagnation, according to Nathaniel Branden? What scenarios does Nathaniel Branden present in his explanation?

4. How does Ayn Rand believe that a government should finance itself in a free society?

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

6. According to Rand, do humans need government? How does Ayn Rand define government?

7. What does Nathaniel Branden discuss in his essay, "The Divine Right of Stagnation," in regard to human growth?

8. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

9. In Rand's essay, "Collectivized Ethics," Rand uses the principle to explain communism, communist thought, and society. Explain Ayn Rand's revulsion toward communism and how it pairs with collectivized ethics.

10. According to Ayn Rand, what are the benefits one can gain from living a social existence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Rand's essay on "The Monument Builders," Rand challenges and rejects the socialist movement. What does Rand dislike about the socialist movement? What is the significance of the title?

Essay Topic 2

Is it racist to think in terms of black and white? What are the similarities between racism and thinking in terms of black and white? What are the major differences? What does Rand say about each?

Essay Topic 3

What does it mean that someone should not attempt to further oneself at the expense of another? Cite some examples.

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