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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. After dinner, as the visitors settle in the lounge, what does Frazier explain about how members of Walden Two contribute to the community?
(a) Through a system of labor credits, members must give fours hours of work each day .
(b) Each family is assigned to different chores and these are rotated.
(c) Members are paid for work and must contribute a percentage of their earnings to the community.
(d) Members must work eight hours each day.

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

3. Which of the following terms best describes some of the weaknesses that Frazier attributes to the traditional educational system?
(a) Bureaucratic and ineffective.
(b) Bureaucratic and inefficient.
(c) Bureaucratic and boring.
(d) Overly bureaucratic and often pointless.

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

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

6. Who else is invited to join the three men as they plan their visit to Walden Two?
(a) Castle and Mackling.
(b) Augusta and Barbara.
(c) Barbara Macklin, Mary Grove, and Augustine Castle.
(d) Barbara and Mackie.

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

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

9. 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 has no mechanism for participation of workers.
(b) It places too much power in the hands of one person.
(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.

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

11. How does Frazier respond to Castle's expression of horror at the practices with the children?
(a) He says the practices help the children control their behavior.
(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 he believes in the methods because they worked in his own childhood.

12. 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 children should be introduced to art early in life.
(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 that making lesiure time available to members will lead to a flourishing of artistic work.

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

14. How does the kitchen staff manage the washing and clearing of dishes after dinner?
(a) Several members work simultaneously until it is finished.
(b) The process is automated.
(c) Members work in several shifts of two people each and much of the washing is automated.
(d) Adolsecents use automatic dishwashers.

15. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?
(a) The entire community is very small.
(b) Work is allocated in shifts to keep people busy.
(c) There is nowhere for a crowd to gather.
(d) People are free to wander and not many people want to do the same thing at the same time, so they are at different places.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the rearing of Walden Two children up to three-years-old compare with that of babies?

2. How does Burris respond to the women of Walden Two when he first sees them?

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

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

5. Why does Mrs. Meyerson leave the group during their first visit?

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