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

2. 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) Each family is assigned to different chores and these are rotated.
(c) Through a system of labor credits, members must give fours hours of work each day .
(d) Members are paid for work and must contribute a percentage of their earnings to the community.

3. How do Walden Two's communication practices differ from the outside world?
(a) Performance and events are listed on bulletin boards instead of splashy advertisements.
(b) Events are announced at meal times.
(c) Young people take around flyers about upcoming events.
(d) A Town Crier communicates necessary information.

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

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

6. What assumption does Walden Two make about how to build resistance in babies?
(a) They should be introduced to frustration and illness slowly.
(b) They should only be fed on organic foods.
(c) They should only interact with their mothers.
(d) They should be quarantined.

7. 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 gifted persons should be allowed to focus on artistic work only.
(d) They believe art is needed for mental exercise.

8. As the group observes the child's birthday celebration, how does the author add a human touch to the portrayal of Frazier?
(a) Frazier makes a touching speech.
(b) The child is Frazier's daughter and he gives her a big hug.
(c) Frazier seems proud and happy for the girl, and Burris thinks he sees a tear on Frazier's cheek.
(d) Frazier expresses sadness because he has no children of his own.

9. According to Mrs. Meyerson, what is the reason behind the women's attitude to dress?
(a) They do not want to be seen as objects.
(b) They want to reduce expense.
(c) They are very modest.
(d) They want to distract the men from sexual thoughts.

10. 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.

11. 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) Adolescents being trained for early marriage.
(d) A herd of sheep trained to move in the required way.

12. How are the older children divided into grades at school?
(a) There are no grades.
(b) According to reading ability.
(c) According to their test scores.
(d) According to age.

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

14. What subjects do the older children have to study in school?
(a) Math, Engineering, and Science.
(b) English, Math, and Science.
(c) English, Music, Math, and Science.
(d) Whatever interests them.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On their way to their first activity on the morning after they participate in entertainment, what do the visitors observe?

2. According to Frazier's explanation, what is one of the most important expected outcomes of Walden Two's approach to organizing work?

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

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

5. What is the significance of the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?

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