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B. F. Skinner
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the philosophy of the women as described by Mrs. Meyerson after Burris makes his comment?
(a) They dress to flatter themselves but do not follow fashion.
(b) They are avid followers of modern fashion.
(c) They dress to disguise their attractiveness.
(d) They place no emphasis on looking good.

2. Why does Frazier invite the men to visit Walden Two?
(a) He wants Burris to give a lecture to the members.
(b) To give them a talk about utopian communities.
(c) To get publicity for the community.
(d) To introduce them to the way of life there.

3. What assumption does Walden Two make about how to build resistance in babies?
(a) They should be introduced to frustration and illness slowly.
(b) They should only be fed on organic foods.
(c) They should be quarantined.
(d) They should only interact with their mothers.

4. During their first discussion, what does Burris decide to do after the men have spoken about Frazier?
(a) To write to Frazier.
(b) To call Frazier.
(c) To give Rogers a note of introduction to Frazier.
(d) To visit Frazier.

5. How do Walden Two's communication practices differ from the outside world?
(a) Events are announced at meal times.
(b) Young people take around flyers about upcoming events.
(c) Performance and events are listed on bulletin boards instead of splashy advertisements.
(d) A Town Crier communicates necessary information.

6. Why does Frazier point this out to the visitors?
(a) It demonstrates the productivity of the sheep.
(b) It demonstrates the ability to control young children.
(c) It demonstrates the benefits of early marriage.
(d) It illustrates the ability of the community to control specific behaviors that suit the community's needs.

7. Whose ideas for a perfect society are reflected in the structure and operations of Walden Two?
(a) Ideas of university professors.
(b) Ideas of the communist leaders.
(c) Ideas of the author, B.F. Skinner.
(d) Ideas of democratic leaders.

8. Which of the visitors is the first one to appear critical of Walden Two?
(a) Macklin.
(b) Castle.
(c) Burris.
(d) Rogers.

9. What is the profession of Burris?
(a) Professor of Philosophy.
(b) Professor of Psychology.
(c) Professor of Sociology.
(d) Professor of Politics.

10. What do the visitors learn at dinner about how the management of meals contributes to avoidance of crowds at Walden Two?
(a) Meals are taken to individual living quarters.
(b) Meals are served throughout the day.
(c) Meals are served to be taken away.
(d) Meals are served at different locations.

11. As the group comes across couples with babies, what views are expressed concerning the best age for marriage and child-bearing?
(a) Frazier points out the advantages at Walden Two of early marriage and parenthood, but the visitors express different views.
(b) They all believe that delaying marriage and pregnancy is best for individuals and society.
(c) They all agree that there are disadvantages to adolescent motherhood.
(d) They all agree that early child-bearing frees women to join the work force.

12. Which member of the group raises questions about mother love for babies?
(a) Rogers.
(b) Mary.
(c) Castle.
(d) Barbara.

13. What is the role of scientists at Walden Two?
(a) They develop new systems and products, but must also do physical labor.
(b) They are assigned to research and experiments, but have to do some physical work.
(c) They do their professional jobs and manual work, but they only investigate "pure science" in their spare time.
(d) They maintain contact with universities and inventors, but must also do physical labor.

14. How does the rearing of Walden Two children up to three-years-old compare with that of babies?
(a) Their health care is the same.
(b) Their playing and sleeping arrangements are the same.
(c) Their sleeping arrangements are the same.
(d) They all receive inoculations and eat only organic food.

15. According to Mrs. Meyerson, what is the reason behind the women's attitude to dress?
(a) They want to distract the men from sexual thoughts.
(b) They want to reduce expense.
(c) They are very modest.
(d) They do not want to be seen as objects.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part does soup play in one of the lessons that the children must learn in order to internalize ethics?

2. Early in their tour of Walden Two, the visitors learn that children do not eat with adults in the main dining room until a certain age. What age is this?

3. As the visitors take their first walk around Walden Two, what does Frazier explain to the visitors about the buildings?

4. What is the point of view in which Walden Two is written?

5. As the visitors get ready for their work assignment together, and Burris and Mary share breakfast, what develops between these two characters?

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