Understanding Objectivism Test (04)

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) 9 - 10 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 04

1) Objectivism advocates reality above ideas. [p.271]



2) Objectivism says ideas are the means of knowing reality. [p.271]



3) According to Dr. Peikoff, the validity of induction is not an unresolved issue. [p.276]



4) In the process of making a inductive leap, Dr. Peikoff identifies two points in order achieve a proper generalization: [p.277]





5) Because our inductions are not rationalist dogmas, revelations expressive of omniscience, Objectivism therefore agrees with empiricism, that our inductions are uncertain. [p.282]



6) Direct perception is not the only self-evident starting point. Self-evidency also applies conceptually. [p.283]



7) There is no context for a true axiom. [p.285]



8) Dr. Peikoff maintains that a rationalist would probably need psychotherapy, if he is a really deep rationalist. [p.297]



9) According to Dr. Peikoff, in order to formulate the philosophy Objectivism, one only needs to be intellectually honest. [p.302]



10) The reason that intrinsicists end up preaching selflessness is because of the Christian influence; it comes only from the Bible. [p.310]



11) According to Dr. Peikoff, morality is _____________ . [p.313]





12) According to Objectivism, ethics is a permanent struggle against temptation. [p.315]



13) Dr. Peikoff clams that rationalism, philosophically, leads to and supports emotionalism. [p.316]



14) According to Dr. Peikoff, since emotions come from your value judgments, they necessarily reveal your basic values, your subconscious self, and your basic character. [p.319-319]



15) It is essential to the Objectivist approach that emotions cannot be judged morally, neither as good nor evil. [p.319]



16) Fill in the blank: According to Dr. Peikoff, emotions are to value judgments or to thought as _____________ [p.322]



17) Dr. Peikoff provides an incomplete list of some of the functions of emotions. Identify the statement that is not listed: [p.324-329]








18) Dr. Peikoff maintains that there is no way to choose among legitimate options, except by reference to feelings. [p.330]



19) Dr. Peikoff states the following: In regard to friendship, it’s not possible to for an Objectivist to feel very friendly and warm toward an “outsider” or “heretic.” [p.335]



20) Dr. Peikoff maintains: One cannot have a tragic sense of life and still be one hundred percent honest, rational, and moral. [p.343]



21) Identify the following: The idea that on any level, in thought or action, that people cannot function without a purpose that brings them pleasure, something they want to achieve, that they enjoy achieving. [p.325]





22) According to Dr. Peikoff: Repression is to emotions what asceticism is to the body. [p.323]



23) Dr. Peikoff asserts: Empiricism, philosophically, leads to and supports repression. [p.316]



24) Dr. Peikoff states that he neither challenges nor endorses the possibility that repression could be a precondition of rationalism. [p.316]



25) Dr. Peikoff claims the following: To Say “Good morning” to a priest is a sanction of evil. [p.343-344]



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