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

2. 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) Drama.
(c) Dances.
(d) Literature.

3. After Burris selects what he wants to do from the bulletin board, what do Mary and Steve decide to do instead?
(a) They go to a movie.
(b) They go to a bowling alley.
(c) They go to the theater.
(d) They go to a dance.

4. Whose ideas for a perfect society are reflected in the structure and operations of Walden Two?
(a) Ideas of the communist leaders.
(b) Ideas of university professors.
(c) Ideas of the author, B.F. Skinner.
(d) Ideas of democratic leaders.

5. What is the first significant activity at Walden Two that Frazier points out to the visitors on the first day of their visit?
(a) A group of children trained to resist lollipops.
(b) Spouses being trained to make their marriages work.
(c) A herd of sheep trained to move in the required way.
(d) Adolescents being trained for early marriage.

6. What is the most advanced exercise for children to learn ethics?
(a) Half of the children wait half-an-hour, while the other half go on eating.
(b) Some children must skip one meal while others eat.
(c) Children must feed their peers without getting food for themselves.
(d) Half of the children wait for five minutes while the other half go on eating.

7. In the first discussion between Rogers, Burris, and Jamnik, why is Frazier's name introduced?
(a) Frazier is a colleague of Rogers.
(b) Jamnik has read an article about Frazier's community.
(c) Frazier is also in the army.
(d) Burris knows Frazier.

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

9. 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 ethics and learning skills.
(c) To develop thinking and learning skills.
(d) To develop interpersonal skills.

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

11. 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 must stand before the soup for five minutes before drinking it.
(c) Children watch their peers drinking soup and go without.
(d) Children stand before the soup for half an hour before drinking it.

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

13. As the group comes across couples with babies, what views are expressed concerning the best age for marriage and child-bearing?
(a) They all agree that there are disadvantages to adolescent motherhood.
(b) They all believe that delaying marriage and pregnancy is best for individuals and society.
(c) Frazier points out the advantages at Walden Two of early marriage and parenthood, but the visitors express different views.
(d) They all agree that early child-bearing frees women to join the work force.

14. What is the role of scientists at Walden Two?
(a) They are assigned to research and experiments, but have to do some physical work.
(b) They develop new systems and products, but must also do physical labor.
(c) They do their professional jobs and manual work, but they only investigate "pure science" in their spare time.
(d) They maintain contact with universities and inventors, but must also do physical labor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where are babies kept in the early stages of life at Walden Two?

2. What event does Burris find listed on a bulletin board?

3. After dinner, as the visitors settle in the lounge, what does Frazier explain about how members of Walden Two contribute to the community?

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

5. How does the group of visitors manage the first work assignment of window-cleaning?

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