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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. Why does the name of Walden Two contain the word Two?
(a) It is located near Walden.
(b) There are two communities and Frazier is in charge of the second.
(c) The first attempt at creating the community was a failure.
(d) There is a book called Walden that describes an experimental community.

2. How does the group of visitors manage the first work assignment of window-cleaning?
(a) Burris is inefficient and uncomfortable, but they get through the work.
(b) They get through a good deal of the work in two hours, but Barbara is inefficient and uncomfortable.
(c) They are unaccustomed to this work, so they do not do well.
(d) They have no difficulty adjusting to physical work.

3. What is the first significant activity at Walden Two that Frazier points out to the visitors on the first day of their visit?
(a) A herd of sheep trained to move in the required way.
(b) A group of children trained to resist lollipops.
(c) Adolescents being trained for early marriage.
(d) Spouses being trained to make their marriages work.

4. Why does the author expand the visiting group to include these members?
(a) To satisfy the requirements of Frazier.
(b) To present responses to Walden Two that reflect diverse perspectives.
(c) To make the visit more interesting.
(d) To make the visit more economical.

5. What further explanation does Frazier give about Walden Two's philosophy regarding emotional expression?
(a) They ignore negative emotions until they go away.
(b) They develop spiritual awareness to offset negative emotions.
(c) They use punishment to control emotions.
(d) They use behavioral engineering to eliminate harmful emotions.

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

7. After their tour of the dairy, when Mrs. Meyerson joins the group, what tradition involving young couples do the visitors observe?
(a) They work on their own living quarters.
(b) They attend parenting classes.
(c) They attend counseling sessions.
(d) They learn to cook and bake.

8. Which of the following terms best sums up the approach to decision-making, as described by Frazier to the visitors?
(a) It is a system of cooperation and consensus at the leadership level.
(b) It is a system of decision-making by committees.
(c) It is a democratic system in which everyone participates equally.
(d) It is a system in which the leader makes all the important decisions.

9. As far as men and women are concerned, which of the following best sums up the way Frazier describes the allocation of work at Walden Two?
(a) Men participate actively in child-rearing.
(b) Men do leadership and scientific work, while women do housework.
(c) There appears to be little difference in the allocation of work between men and women.
(d) Women take care of their children and work in the kitchen.

10. At the beginning of the novel, where have Rogers and Jamnik been before their visit to Burris?
(a) In the army fighting World War II.
(b) Studying politics at a university.
(c) Visiting foreign countries.
(d) Visiting Walden Two.

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

12. 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 must work in at least two areas before they leave.
(d) The visitors are assigned to observe specific work groups and report on their observations.

13. Apart from artwork in the gallery, what other type of artistic activity is referred to in the first part of the visitors' tour of Walden Two?
(a) Dances.
(b) Musical performances.
(c) Literature.
(d) Drama.

14. As Frazier discusses leisure and boredom, what does he claim about the environment at Walden Two?
(a) He says the environment is ideal for personal growth.
(b) He says the environment is ideal for creating art.
(c) He says the environment is ideal for spiritual well-being.
(d) He says the environment is ideal for bulding family relationships.

15. What aspect of Walden Two's philosophy is reflected in the gallery of pictures which Burris stops to admire on the way to their first tea?
(a) They believe gifted persons should be allowed to focus on artistic work only.
(b) They believe children should be introduced to art early in life.
(c) They believe that making lesiure time available to members will lead to a flourishing of artistic work.
(d) They believe art is needed for mental exercise.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are new leaders and managers chosen at Walden Two?

2. In the first discussion between Rogers, Burris, and Jamnik, why is Frazier's name introduced?

3. What is the figure of speech contained in the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?

4. Where are babies kept in the early stages of life at Walden Two?

5. Whose ideas for a perfect society are reflected in the structure and operations of Walden Two?

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