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

2. What do the visitors learn about Walden Two's method of keeping babies healthy?
(a) Babies are only fed breast milk in the first year.
(b) To prevent illness, babies have limited exposure to the outside world in the first year.
(c) Babies are inoculated against illness in their first year.
(d) Babies are only fed organic food in the first year.

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

4. What is the profession of Burris?
(a) Professor of Sociology.
(b) Professor of Philosophy.
(c) Professor of Psychology.
(d) Professor of Politics.

5. Why are all members of Walden Two required to do physical labor?
(a) To maintain good relations with workers.
(b) To keep them fit.
(c) To contribute to health and well-being while keeping in touch with workers.
(d) To prevent obesity and health problems.

6. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?
(a) There is nowhere for a crowd to gather.
(b) Work is allocated in shifts to keep people busy.
(c) The entire community is very small.
(d) 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.

7. What is the figure of speech contained in the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) Allusion.
(c) Attribution.
(d) Illusion.

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

9. How does Frazier respond to Castle's expression of horror at the practices with the children?
(a) He says the children are admired everywhere because of their behavior.
(b) He says these are controlled frustrations for good ends, unlike the ones children normally face.
(c) He says the practices help the children control their behavior.
(d) He says he believes in the methods because they worked in his own childhood.

10. On their way to their first activity on the morning after they participate in entertainment, what do the visitors observe?
(a) They pass children involved in organized sports.
(b) They pass children painting a mural.
(c) They pass children learning geometry with strings and pegs.
(d) They pass children gardening.

11. 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) They all receive inoculations and eat only organic food.
(c) Their playing and sleeping arrangements are the same.
(d) Their health care is the same.

12. 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?
(a) Saying thanks is not necessary because everyone is doing his / her duty.
(b) Saying thanks is not necessary because all work is required.
(c) Saying thanks is not necessary because it suggests obligation.
(d) Saying thanks is not encouraged because it elevates one person above another, which Walden Two's code does not permit.

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

14. According to Frazier's explanation, what is one of the most important expected outcomes of Walden Two's approach to organizing work?
(a) This will usher in a "Golden Age" of creativity.
(b) Members will become more productive.
(c) Walden Two will prosper economically.
(d) Walden Two will be productive and self-sufficient.

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) He explains that the objective is to reduce hard labor, use technology, and create leisure.
(b) The objective is to reduce work and improve relationships.
(c) The objective is to increase physical and spiritual activity.
(d) The objective is to increase physical work and improve health.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following terms best sums up the approach to decision-making, as described by Frazier to the visitors?

2. Which of the following terms best describes some of the weaknesses that Frazier attributes to the traditional educational system?

3. How does the kitchen staff manage the washing and clearing of dishes after dinner?

4. What is the point of view in which Walden Two is written?

5. What is the first significant activity at Walden Two that Frazier points out to the visitors on the first day of their visit?

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