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

2. 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 believe it is excellent training.
(c) They are confused.
(d) They object.

3. During their first discussion, what does Burris decide to do after the men have spoken about Frazier?
(a) To call Frazier.
(b) To write to Frazier.
(c) To visit Frazier.
(d) To give Rogers a note of introduction to Frazier.

4. As the group observes some children leaving for a picnic, what answer does Castle receive when he asks about jealousy among those left behind?
(a) Frazier says children would be punished if they displayed jealousy.
(b) Frazier says the children understand that their turn will come.
(c) Frazier says Castle is imposing adult feelings on the chidlren.
(d) Frazier explains that the children do not exhibit jealousy.

5. 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) 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.
(c) There is nowhere for a crowd to gather.
(d) Work is allocated in shifts to keep people busy.

6. Which member of the group raises questions about mother love for babies?
(a) Rogers.
(b) Castle.
(c) Barbara.
(d) Mary.

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

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

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

10. What part does soup play in one of the lessons that the children must learn in order to internalize ethics?
(a) Children have to watch adults drink soup and go without.
(b) Children watch their peers drinking soup and go without.
(c) Children must stand before the soup for five minutes before drinking it.
(d) Children stand before the soup for half an hour before drinking it.

11. How are new leaders and managers chosen at Walden Two?
(a) Frazier selects the high-level leaders and they choose managers.
(b) Frazier appoints a selection board each year.
(c) The Community Action Board chooses new leaders and managers.
(d) The members of the highest leadership group choose their successors, and managers work up to their positions.

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

13. What activities does Frazier plan for the group after breakfast on the morning after their leisure activities?
(a) They will visit the schools and earn labor credits.
(b) They will work and then visit churches.
(c) They will have a debate about Walden Two and then do their chores.
(d) They will visit factories and do their work there.

14. 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) Men participate actively in child-rearing.
(c) Men do leadership and scientific work, while women do housework.
(d) There appears to be little difference in the allocation of work between men and women.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the conversation concerning expression of emotions, what criticism does Frazier make of how the wider society socializes children?

3. What is the name of the passageway where the visitors have their tea on their first day at Walden Two?

4. What do babies sleep on in Walden Two?

5. Why have Rogers and Jamnik come to visit Burris at the beginning of the novel?

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