The Virtue of Selfishness Test 03

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The Virtue of Selfishness Test 03

1) To compromise is fundamentally wrong, even in regard to concretes or particulars which are based upon a mutually accepted basic principle between two or more willing parties. [p.79]

2) To accept “just a few government controls” is to surrender the principle of inalienable individual rights. [p.80]

3) To accept a lesser job than one had wanted is an example of a compromise of principles. [p.80]

4) Fill in the blank: ________ is the idea that one must never pass moral judgement on others, that one must be morally tolerant of anything. [p.82]

5) Objectivism agrees with the precept: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” [p.83]

6) Indiscriminate tolerance and indiscriminate condemnation are two variants of the same evasion. [p.84]

7) One must declare: “everybody is white (good)” or “everyone is black (evil)”. [p.84]

8) To judge moral character is an easy task. [p.84]

9) It is fairly easy to grasp abstract moral principles; it can be very difficult to apply them to a given situation, particularly when it involves the moral character of another person. [p.84]

10) The policy of always pronouncing moral judgement means that one must regard oneself as a missionary charged with the responsibility of “saving everyone’s soul.” [p.84]

11) If there is no black and white, there can be no gray. [p.87]

12) If, in a complex moral issue, a man struggles to determine what is right, and fails or makes an honest error, he is morally “gray.” [p.88]

13) Errors of knowledge are not breaches of morality. [p.88]

14) Morality deals only with issues open to man’s choice (i.e., to his free will). [p.88]

15) Identify the following: The substitution of one particular concrete for the wider abstract class to which it belongs. [p.94]

16) The desire for the unearned in matter is more destructive than the desire for the unearned in spirit. [p.102]

17) There is no such entity as “the public.” [p.103]

18) According to Ayn Rand: All men have a right to a good education and a decent home. [p.113]

19) The institution of “economic rights” destroys the institution of political rights. [p.117]

20) Since there is no fully free country today, every country is morally open to invasion. [p.122]

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