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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After they visit the school, Frazier discusses the advantages of the education system with the visitors. To what three features does Frazier attribute the system's efficiency?
(a) It avoids administration, discipline, and a standardized curriculum.
(b) There is no discipline.
(c) There is no standardized curriculum.
(d) There is no formal testing.

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

3. 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 tolerate any questions from the visitors.
(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.

4. Which of the following terms best describes the approach to education of older children at Walden Two?
(a) Differentiated learning.
(b) Cooperative learning.
(c) Team learning.
(d) Independent learning.

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

6. How does the rearing of Walden Two children up to three-years-old compare with that of babies?
(a) Their sleeping arrangements are the same.
(b) Their playing and sleeping arrangements are the same.
(c) They all receive inoculations and eat only organic food.
(d) Their health care is the same.

7. How does Mrs. Meyerson contribute to the community's cultural activities?
(a) She works with a group of painters.
(b) She performs in a musical chorus.
(c) She leads a dance group.
(d) She leads a theater group.

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

9. Why does Frazier invite the men to visit Walden Two?
(a) He wants Burris to give a lecture to the members.
(b) To give them a talk about utopian communities.
(c) To get publicity for the community.
(d) To introduce them to the way of life there.

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

11. 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) Frazier points out the advantages at Walden Two of early marriage and parenthood, but the visitors express different views.
(d) They all believe that delaying marriage and pregnancy is best for individuals and society.

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 to be taken away.
(b) Meals are served throughout the day.
(c) Meals are taken to individual living quarters.
(d) Meals are served at different locations.

13. What do babies sleep on in Walden Two?
(a) Easily cleaned stretched plastic that provides comfort and eliminates cleaning.
(b) Wooden slats with sponges.
(c) Foam covered wood.
(d) Cotton sheets.

14. Why does Frazier point this out to the visitors?
(a) It demonstrates the benefits of early marriage.
(b) It illustrates the ability of the community to control specific behaviors that suit the community's needs.
(c) It demonstrates the ability to control young children.
(d) It demonstrates the productivity of the sheep.

15. Which of the visitors is the first one to appear critical of Walden Two?
(a) Burris.
(b) Macklin.
(c) Rogers.
(d) Castle.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. As the visitors go to their first dinner, where do they observe many of Walden Two's members gathering?

5. What is the profession of Burris?

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