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. Rand calls government taxation laws an initiation of _________.

2. Rand states in her essay, "Government Financing in a Free Society," that her proposal for government financing is ________ in practice.

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

4. Denying an individual his right to property is synonymous with denying him his right to _______.

5. Rand states that the actually effect of socialism have been ________ the alleged goals.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

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

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

4. What is the definition of "power lust" as defined by Ayn Rand in her essay, "The Monument Builders?" Explain.

5. What type of projects does the principle of "collectivized ethics" support, and by which means are those tasks carried out? Explain.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does fiction serve as an outlet for Ayn Rand to spread and further explain her Objectivist philosophy? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 2

What are Rand's thoughts on American society and government? What are the benefits that Rand cites throughout her works?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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