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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 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 that making lesiure time available to members will lead to a flourishing of artistic work.
(b) They believe art is needed for mental exercise.
(c) They believe gifted persons should be allowed to focus on artistic work only.
(d) They believe children should be introduced to art early in life.

2. Why have Rogers and Jamnik come to visit Burris at the beginning of the novel?
(a) To find out about a utopian society he once mentioned to Rogers.
(b) To renew old acquaintances.
(c) To invite him to join their group.
(d) For advice on their future.

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 successful school of performing arts.
(c) A strong spiritual culture.
(d) A lively group of young artists.

4. As the discussions about the educational system come to an end, Castle asks about freedom. Which of the following best describes Frazier's reason for avoiding Castle's questions about freedom?
(a) He is aware that the practices of Walden Two create significant limits on freedom.
(b) He is confident that Walden Two's practices create more freedom than there is in traditional societies.
(c) He does not like Castle.
(d) He doesn't believe Castle knows what he is talking about.

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

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

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

8. 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) Women take care of their children and work in the kitchen.
(b) There appears to be little difference in the allocation of work between men and women.
(c) Men participate actively in child-rearing.
(d) Men do leadership and scientific work, while women do housework.

9. What do the visitors learn at dinner about how the cooks at Walden Two ensure that food is not wasted?
(a) They cook meals from all around the world and make every effort to see that everything is eaten.
(b) Members who leave too much food on their plates are fined for waste.
(c) Leftovers are eaten on the folowing day.
(d) They do not cook until a specific number of persons indicate what they want to eat.

10. Based on Frazier's description of the system, which of the following statements best describes a weakness in the way leaders are chosen at Walden Two?
(a) It places too much power in the hands of one person.
(b) It has no mechanism for participation of workers.
(c) It places too much power in the hands of a few persons.
(d) It assumes that the motives and skills of the decision-makers are at the apppropriate level.

11. What is the most advanced exercise for children to learn ethics?
(a) Half of the children wait for five minutes while the other half go on eating.
(b) Half of the children wait half-an-hour, while the other half go on eating.
(c) Some children must skip one meal while others eat.
(d) Children must feed their peers without getting food for themselves.

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

13. Who is the narrator of Walden Two?
(a) Frazier.
(b) Castle.
(c) Professor Burris.
(d) Rogers.

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

15. As the first discussion between Burris, Rogers, and Jamnik evolves, what does the reader learn about the attitude of the two younger men regarding their lives?
(a) They want to encourage others to go to war.
(b) They are searching for better careers.
(c) They are disillusioned and in search of something different.
(d) They are happy about their society.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the philosophy of the women as described by Mrs. Meyerson after Burris makes his comment?

2. What is the profession of Burris?

3. How are the older children divided into grades at school?

4. Why is Mrs. Nash confused when Castle asks about jealousy as he observes some children leaving from a picnic?

5. According to Frazier's description of the school system, what is the priority in teaching at Walden Two?

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