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

2. Why does Mrs. Meyerson leave the group during their first visit?
(a) To report for work.
(b) To attend a special function for her daughter.
(c) She does not like one of the visiting group.
(d) To get away from Frazier.

3. 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) Musical performances.
(b) Dances.
(c) Drama.
(d) Literature.

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

5. According to Frazier's explanation, how is the system managed to prevent members from favoring professional work over manual labor?
(a) Administrators determine how many people are needed in each profession, and the potential applicants decide among themselves who will be selected.
(b) Frazier instructs members regarding how many professionals are needed.
(c) Members are trained for different professions and rotate through them in turn.
(d) Once there are enough members for each profession, others must choose different types of work.

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

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

8. Which of the following features are included in the systems of work and leadership outlined by Frazier in his description of Walden Two?
(a) Use of experiments.
(b) Scientific management and management of resources.
(c) Shared work and experimentation.
(d) Use of expertise, shared work, and experimentation.

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

10. How do Walden Two's communication practices differ from the outside world?
(a) Performance and events are listed on bulletin boards instead of splashy advertisements.
(b) Events are announced at meal times.
(c) Young people take around flyers about upcoming events.
(d) A Town Crier communicates necessary information.

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

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

13. As the group observes the child's birthday celebration, how does the author add a human touch to the portrayal of Frazier?
(a) Frazier makes a touching speech.
(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) The child is Frazier's daughter and he gives her a big hug.

14. 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 believe it is excellent training.
(d) They are confused.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When Mary exhibits a kind of embroidery stitch to some women, they seem grateful but do not communicate this to her. What is the reason for this?

2. When Roger and Barbara join the others for breakfast, how does Barbara stand out from the visitors?

3. Who else is invited to join the three men as they plan their visit to Walden Two?

4. What is the impact on Burris when he participates in his chosen form of entertainment?

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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