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. What does Rand blame on the notion that causes men to feel inferior?

2. In Rand's essay, "Man's Rights," she describes several societies that exhibited a collectivist system. Which society is not included?

3. According to Objectivist thought, what does the individual live for?

4. In Rand's essay, "Man's Rights," she describes a right as the freedom of _______.

5. In which year was the essay, "Government Financing in a Free Society" published?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. How does Louis XIV fit into Ayn Rand's discussion in her essay, "The Monument Builders?"

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

4. What are Ayn Rand's views on mandatory taxation?

5. Explain the idea of "Collectivized Rights" as Rand describes.

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

7. Does Ayn Rand believe that a society must devise a moral code? How should a society decide upon a moral code?

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

9. How does Ayn Rand describe "Socialism" in her essay, "The Monument Builders?"

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

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

What are the reasons Rand gives about why it is beneficial to live within a society? Does her reasoning conflict with objectivist thought?

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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