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. According to Rand, what do humans need if they are to live in a society?

2. Rand calls government taxation laws an initiation of _________.

3. What political system is characterized by private or corporate ownership of property?

4. Which of the following is not in violation of human survival as stated by the objectivist principle?

5. According to Rand, what is the only way that individuals' rights can be violated?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explain self-interest and its connection to reason as well as in terms of the choices one may make when motivated by self-interest.

Essay Topic 3

Explain what the term "rational morality" means in regard to Ayn Rand's theory of Objectivism.

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