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

2. Which of the following terms best sums up the approach to decision-making, as described by Frazier to the visitors?
(a) It is a democratic system in which everyone participates equally.
(b) It is a system of cooperation and consensus at the leadership level.
(c) It is a system in which the leader makes all the important decisions.
(d) It is a system of decision-making by committees.

3. Who is the narrator of Walden Two?
(a) Castle.
(b) Professor Burris.
(c) Rogers.
(d) Frazier.

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

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

6. According to Frazier's description of the school system, what is the priority in teaching at Walden Two?
(a) To develop ethics and thinking skills.
(b) To develop thinking and learning skills.
(c) To develop ethics and learning skills.
(d) To develop interpersonal skills.

7. How does the group of visitors manage the first work assignment of window-cleaning?
(a) They have no difficulty adjusting to physical work.
(b) They get through a good deal of the work in two hours, but Barbara is inefficient and uncomfortable.
(c) They are unaccustomed to this work, so they do not do well.
(d) Burris is inefficient and uncomfortable, but they get through the work.

8. 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) Men participate actively in child-rearing.
(b) Women take care of their children and work in the kitchen.
(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.

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

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

11. How does Burris respond to the women of Walden Two when he first sees them?
(a) He thinks they look dull and bored.
(b) He considers them plain.
(c) He considers them beautiful.
(d) He thinks they look overworked and unhappy.

12. 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 must work eight hours each day.
(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 are paid for work and must contribute a percentage of their earnings to the community.

13. In the discussion about socializing children to develop ethics, what is the first lesson that Frazier describes?
(a) They give children sugar-covered lollipops with instructions not to lick them.
(b) They give children coloring books and crayons, which they are forbidden to use.
(c) They provide toys, which the children cannot touch.
(d) They make hungry children watch adults eat their meals.

14. 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 make the visit more interesting.
(c) To satisfy the requirements of Frazier.
(d) To make the visit more economical.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

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

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

4. Who is the first member of Walden Two that Frazier allows the group to meet?

5. Why are all members of Walden Two required to do physical labor?

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