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 political system punishes irrationality and rewards rational thought?

3. The notion that many people define individualism as the action of not conforming to the standard actions or ideas of the group is _________.

4. Rand describes that socialism can be practiced totally or partially. Which country does she use as an example of a partial socialist government?

5. In which year was the Civil Rights Bill passed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Rand's view on the Civil Rights Bill of 1964?

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

4. What is the focus of the essay, "The Monument Builders?"

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

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

7. Explain the notion of "collectivized ethics" as mentioned in Ayn Rand's essay, "Collectivized Ethics."

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

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

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

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 2

Ayn Rand mentions socialism and her feelings towards it throughout her essays. What is socialism? Why is Rand against it? Do you see any potential benefits of a socialist society?

Essay Topic 3

How does Ayn Rand feel a government should finance itself? What are some potential problems with Rand's proposal?

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