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

2. As the discussions about the educational system come to an end, Castle asks about freedom. Which of the following best describes Frazier's reason for avoiding Castle's questions about freedom?
(a) He is confident that Walden Two's practices create more freedom than there is in traditional societies.
(b) He is aware that the practices of Walden Two create significant limits on freedom.
(c) He does not like Castle.
(d) He doesn't believe Castle knows what he is talking about.

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

4. As the first discussion between Burris, Rogers, and Jamnik evolves, what does the reader learn about the attitude of the two younger men regarding their lives?
(a) They are happy about their society.
(b) They want to encourage others to go to war.
(c) They are disillusioned and in search of something different.
(d) They are searching for better careers.

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

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

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

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

9. 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 make hungry children watch adults eat their meals.
(d) They provide toys, which the children cannot touch.

10. How does the kitchen staff manage the washing and clearing of dishes after dinner?
(a) The process is automated.
(b) Members work in several shifts of two people each and much of the washing is automated.
(c) Adolsecents use automatic dishwashers.
(d) Several members work simultaneously until it is finished.

11. What is the point of view in which Walden Two is written?
(a) Third person objective.
(b) Second person.
(c) First person narrative.
(d) Omniscient author.

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

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

14. What aspect of Walden Two's philosophy is reflected in the gallery of pictures which Burris stops to admire on the way to their first tea?
(a) They believe that making lesiure time available to members will lead to a flourishing of artistic work.
(b) They believe children should be introduced to art early in life.
(c) They believe art is needed for mental exercise.
(d) They believe gifted persons should be allowed to focus on artistic work only.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Frazier point this out to the visitors?

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

4. At the beginning of the novel, where have Rogers and Jamnik been before their visit to Burris?

5. According to Frazier's description of the school system, what is the priority in teaching at Walden Two?

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