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Understanding Objectivism Tests (03-05)

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Some Challenging Questions from Understanding Objectivism Test (03)

Ten questions that are often answered incorrectly:

2) According to Dr. Peikoff: Rationalism is an automatized, imperfect way of coping with confusion; it does not reflect on your seriousness or on your character. [p.210]

True or False?

4) A rationalist (as Dr. Peikoff uses the term) regards ideas as a means of knowing the physical world. [p.211]

True or False?

7) There's really only one axiom, the law of identity, because if you deny existence you're contradicting yourself, and if you deny consciousness you're contradicting yourself, so we can literally prove existence and consciousness. Therefore, we're just down to one, and that's the law of identity. [p.224]

True or False?

10) If you are going to try to know everything about any one thing, you have to know everything about everything. [p.227]

True or False?

11) Fill in the blank:________________ is basically antagonism, on principle, to integration. [p.229]

A) Nihilism

B) Empiricism

C) Mysticism

D) Compartmentalization

12) In practice, in many cases, you cannot tell the rationalist from the empiricist. [p.232]

True or False?

13) Selflessness is inherent to rationalism [p.237]

True or False?

21) Chaos in writing indicates empiricism. [p.260]

True or False?

22) Unlike the rationalists, the empiricists characteristically do not feel vulnerable in the face of disagreement. [p.261]

True or False?

24) According to Dr. Peikoff a person can be rationalist in one area and Objectivist in another, for example, one could be very rationalist in writing but not in teaching. [p.263]

True or False?

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