Understanding Objectivism Test (02)

This test has been designed to assess your comprehension of Understanding Objectivism: A Guide to Learning Ayn Rand's Philosophy (UO) Lectures by Dr. Leonard Peikoff (Book Edited by Michael S. Berliner). Questions have been formed from the book version, chapters (lectures) 5 - 6 only. Subsequent tests will cover additional chapters of the book. It is not intended to be an open book test. There are 25 questions - each is worth 4 points. This test can be taken by students before and after reading UO (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.

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Understanding Objectivism Test 02

1) According to Dr. Peikoff, hierarchy is an metaphysical issue, not an epistemological one. When we set out a hierarchical structure, every step is inexorable; no variation in sequence is possible. [p.146-147]



2) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.151]





3) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.156]





4) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.151-152]





5) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.154]





6) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.162]





7) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.162]





8) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.162]





9) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.162]





10) Identify which statement or topic is the most fundamental (logically): [p.162]





11) The use of hierarchy is purely deductive reasoning. [p.170]



12) Metaphysics comes before epistemology in the branches of philosophy. [p.170]



13) The following statement captures the Objectivist opposition to both subjectivism and intrinsicism: “Adhere to reality in your thinking.” [p.175]



14) Intrinsicism and subjectivism are in different categories and are entirely mutually exclusive. One cannot “slip” between intrinsicism and subjectivism. [p.177]



15) According to Dr. Peikoff intrinsicism is a much more complex theory for people to grasp. [p.177]



16) Dr. Peikoff maintains that intrinsicists are strong advocates of the primacy of existence. [p.177]



17) The terms “objective,” “intrinsic,” and “subjective” do not apply to sensations/perceptions. [p.178]



18) Intrinsicism and mysticism are the same. [p.180]



19) All mystics are implicit intrinsicists. [p.181]



20) Aristotle implied the acceptance of the viewpoint that consciousness has no nature and is a pure empty mirror (the mind is nothing but pure receptivity). [p.182]



21) According to Dr. Peikoff, if you knew that a man is a socialist, you could know from that whether he’s an intrinsicist, a subjectivist, or an Objectivist? [p.182]



22) Intrinsicism is an issue of the method (or lack of method) that a mind uses. It has nothing to do with its content. [p.182]



23) A considerable portion of Objectivism is literally self-evident. [p.190]



24) On every topic and every issue, there’s a subjectivist view, an intrinsicist view, and an Objectivist view. [p.203-204]



25) Intrinsicists are dishonest because they must remember learning something in a rational manner at sometime in their life. They must evade that they had to work to obtain knowledge and skills. Such knowledge didn’t just jump into their heads. [p.205]



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