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B. F. Skinner
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. After observing the behavior of children left behind by those going on a picnic, how do Castle and Barbara respond to Frazier's explanations about emotional expression?
(a) They are confused.
(b) They believe it is excellent training.
(c) They object.
(d) They decide to leave Walden Two immediately.

2. What is the impact on Burris when he participates in his chosen form of entertainment?
(a) He is not convinced that Walden Two has the potential for a Golden Age.
(b) He believes Fraizer's ideas are unrealistic.
(c) He is overcome with the idea of a Golden Age.
(d) He agrees with Frazier's philosophy.

3. What evidence does Frazier cite to support his argument about the impact of leisure on Walden Two?
(a) A burgeoning music community with composers and performers.
(b) A lively group of young artists.
(c) A strong spiritual culture.
(d) A successful school of performing arts.

4. How does Frazier seek to integrate the visitors with the work system at Walden Two?
(a) Each visitor is required to contribute two hours work per day.
(b) The visitors must work the same number of hours as the members.
(c) The visitors are assigned to observe specific work groups and report on their observations.
(d) The visitors must work in at least two areas before they leave.

5. How does Frazier respond to Castle's expression of horror at the practices with the children?
(a) He says these are controlled frustrations for good ends, unlike the ones children normally face.
(b) He says the children are admired everywhere because of their behavior.
(c) He says he believes in the methods because they worked in his own childhood.
(d) He says the practices help the children control their behavior.

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

7. As the group observes the child's birthday celebration, how does the author add a human touch to the portrayal of Frazier?
(a) Frazier seems proud and happy for the girl, and Burris thinks he sees a tear on Frazier's cheek.
(b) Frazier makes a touching speech.
(c) The child is Frazier's daughter and he gives her a big hug.
(d) Frazier expresses sadness because he has no children of his own.

8. Who is the first member of Walden Two that Frazier allows the group to meet?
(a) Mr. Bryson.
(b) Mrs. Frazier.
(c) Mrs. Meyerson.
(d) Mr. Mullings.

9. When Roger and Barbara join the others for breakfast, how does Barbara stand out from the visitors?
(a) Barbara leaves the group and eats by herself.
(b) Barbara does not eat breakfast.
(c) They all serve themselves breakfast, but Roger brings Barbara hers.
(d) Barbara brings Roger his breakfast.

10. What is the highest level of community leadership at Walden Two?
(a) The Chief of the Community, who is Frazier.
(b) The Management Board.
(c) The Community Action Board.
(d) The Board of Planners.

11. On their way to their first activity on the morning after they participate in entertainment, what do the visitors observe?
(a) They pass children involved in organized sports.
(b) They pass children painting a mural.
(c) They pass children gardening.
(d) They pass children learning geometry with strings and pegs.

12. As Frazier explains the operations of Walden Two to the visitors, what technique does the author use to support the ideas behind Walden Two's operations?
(a) He does not tolerate any questions from the visitors.
(b) He keeps the visitors away from the ordinary members of Walden Two.
(c) He does not have Frazier show the visitors anything that is not working well.
(d) He presents the community as one whose systems and practices are beyond question because they are already working.

13. What subjects do the older children have to study in school?
(a) English, Music, Math, and Science.
(b) Whatever interests them.
(c) English, Math, and Science.
(d) Math, Engineering, and Science.

14. According to Frazier's description of the school system, what is the priority in teaching at Walden Two?
(a) To develop thinking and learning skills.
(b) To develop ethics and learning skills.
(c) To develop ethics and thinking skills.
(d) To develop interpersonal skills.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following features are included in the systems of work and leadership outlined by Frazier in his description of Walden Two?

2. In the discussion about socializing children to develop ethics, what is the first lesson that Frazier describes?

3. What do the visitors learn at dinner about how the cooks at Walden Two ensure that food is not wasted?

4. 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?

5. During their first discussion, what does Burris decide to do after the men have spoken about Frazier?

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