The Virtue of Selfishness Test 04

This test has been designed to assess your comprehension of  (VOS) [Centennial Edition]. Questions have been formed from Chapter 14 through Chapter 19. It is not intended to be an open book test. There are 20 questions - each is worth 5 points. This test can be taken by students before and after reading VOS (as a pre and/or post-test). Only reading Ayn Rand's fictional work will not be sufficient preparation to excel on this test. This assessment can help students of Objectivism and study-group organizers determine the ideal study materials and is not intended to evaluate one's agreement with Objectivism.

Note: All questions are formed from assertions and arguments made by the author of the book/material. When answering test questions, please keep in mind that the "correct" answer is based on those assertions. The Culture of Reason Center does not necessarily endorse the positions articulated in the subject material.

Test Score Range:
0-60: Minimal understanding (Low) - Basic study needed
65-70: Moderate understanding (Low-Mid) - Basic study needed
75-80: Good understanding (Intermediate) - Basic study review needed
85-90: Competent (High-Mid) - Proceed to more technical studies
95-100: Advanced  (High) - Proceed to more technical studies

In order to receive your test score, you will be asked to provide your name and email address. Your test score will be emailed to you. Your name and email address will be added to our general contact mailing list. Your name and test scores will not be published. All marketing emails sent from The Culture of Reason Center include the option to unsubscribe.

The Virtue of Selfishness Test 04

1) Anarchy, as a political concept, is a floating abstraction. [p.131]



2) Objectivism advocates the principle of voluntary government financing. [p.135-140]



3) Identify the proper definition of self-esteem: [p.142]





4) Capitalism offers men a “Garden of Eden.” [p.144]



5) Racism is a form of determinism. [p.147]



6) There is only one antidote to racism: [p.150]





7) Because the doctrines of communism are evil, we should not protect a communist’s freedom of speech. [p.156]



8) Individualism, according to Objectivism is doing whatever one wishes, regardless of the rights of others. [p.158]



9) Individualism consists merely of rejecting the belief that man should live for the collective. [p.159]



10) An individualist declares, “It’s true because I believe it.” [p.160]



11) Identify the following fallacy: The attempt to refute an argument by impeaching the character of its proponent. [p.162]





12) The following is an example of which fallacy: “Only the immoral can fail to see that Candidate X’s argument is false.” [p.162]





13) Is the following an example of the argument from intimidation fallacy: “Only those who are evil (dishonest, heartless, insensitive, ignorant, etc.) can hold such an idea.” [p.163]



14) A social metaphysician is one who regards the consciousness of other men as superior to his own and to the facts of reality. [p.165]



15) All smears are Arguments from Intimidation. [p.166)



16) There is only one weapon against the Argument from Intimidation: [p.166]





17) The Argument from Intimidation consists of introducing moral judgement into intellectual issues. [p.167]



18) Moral judgement must always follow, not precede (or supersede), the reasons on which it is based. [p.167]



19) To condemn without giving reasons is an act of irresponsibility. [p.167]



20) Moral evaluations are implicit in all intellectual issues. [p.167]



« Back Next »

Like this Test? Please Make a Donation to The Culture of Reason Center

Constructive feedback is welcome
Email: cultureofreasoncenter@gmail.com