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 Objectivist thought, what does the individual live for?

2. Which major historical event ended just two decades before the essay, "The Monument Builders" was written?

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

4. What political system punishes irrationality and rewards rational thought?

5. In which political system does the government own all societal goods and provide the people with what they need?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explain why Ayn Rand is against collectivized ethics.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Describe Ayn Rand's philosophy on Objectivism as stated in her essay on objectivist ethics. What are the main ideas of Objectivist ethics?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Rand's reasoning for considering the irrationality of philosophy and philosophers.

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