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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. 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 democratic leaders.
(d) Ideas of the author, B.F. Skinner.

2. 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.

3. What factors determine the most common form of entertainment at Walden Two?
(a) Talent and time.
(b) Cost, transportation, and the amount of trouble involved.
(c) The members of the community vote on what they want to do.
(d) Cost and time to organize it.

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

5. As the visitors go to their first dinner, where do they observe many of Walden Two's members gathering?
(a) Frazier's Ladder.
(b) The Walden Walkway.
(c) The Walk.
(d) Walden Corridor.

6. 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 decide to leave Walden Two immediately.
(b) They object.
(c) They are confused.
(d) They believe it is excellent training.

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

8. 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 keeps the visitors away from the ordinary members of Walden Two.
(b) He does not have Frazier show the visitors anything that is not working well.
(c) He presents the community as one whose systems and practices are beyond question because they are already working.
(d) He does not tolerate any questions from the visitors.

9. As the visitors get ready for their work assignment together, and Burris and Mary share breakfast, what develops between these two characters?
(a) They dislike each other.
(b) Burris seems too intellectual for Mary, but he seems attracted to her.
(c) They do not speak much to each other.
(d) Mary is attracted to Burris, but she is too simple for him.

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

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

12. What is the attitude of Walden Two towards the importance of mother love in the lives of babies?
(a) They get it from the entire community.
(b) It is not a necessity.
(c) They get it from daily visits with their mothers.
(d) They get it by being isolated from everyone except their mothers.

13. What is the name of the passageway where the visitors have their tea on their first day at Walden Two?
(a) Jacob's Ladder.
(b) Peter's Ladder.
(c) The Upper Room.
(d) Moses' Ladder.

14. Why is Mrs. Nash confused when Castle asks about jealousy as he observes some children leaving from a picnic?
(a) She is hard of hearing.
(b) She has an illness that prevents her from understanding some words.
(c) She does not speak much English.
(d) She came to Walden Two at twelve-years-old and no longer experiences jealousy.

15. After the visitors complete their first session of window-cleaning, how does Frazier clarify the view that Walden Two is about "getting back to a simpler time"?
(a) The objective is to reduce work and improve relationships.
(b) The objective is to increase physical and spiritual activity.
(c) The objective is to increase physical work and improve health.
(d) He explains that the objective is to reduce hard labor, use technology, and create leisure.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Frazier seek to integrate the visitors with the work system at Walden Two?

2. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?

3. How does the group of visitors manage the first work assignment of window-cleaning?

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

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

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