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

2. Who is in charge of the nursery visited by the group?
(a) Mrs. Meyerson.
(b) Mrs. Frazier.
(c) Mrs. Nash.
(d) Mrs. Rogers.

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

4. What further explanation does Frazier give about Walden Two's philosophy regarding emotional expression?
(a) They develop spiritual awareness to offset negative emotions.
(b) They use behavioral engineering to eliminate harmful emotions.
(c) They use punishment to control emotions.
(d) They ignore negative emotions until they go away.

5. As Frazier discusses leisure and boredom, what does he claim about the environment at Walden Two?
(a) He says the environment is ideal for creating art.
(b) He says the environment is ideal for bulding family relationships.
(c) He says the environment is ideal for spiritual well-being.
(d) He says the environment is ideal for personal growth.

6. Why is Mrs. Nash confused when Castle asks about jealousy as he observes some children leaving from a picnic?
(a) She came to Walden Two at twelve-years-old and no longer experiences jealousy.
(b) She is hard of hearing.
(c) She does not speak much English.
(d) She has an illness that prevents her from understanding some words.

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

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 do leadership and scientific work, while women do housework.
(b) There appears to be little difference in the allocation of work between men and women.
(c) Women take care of their children and work in the kitchen.
(d) Men participate actively in child-rearing.

9. In the conversation concerning expression of emotions, what criticism does Frazier make of how the wider society socializes children?
(a) Children are socialized to fear adults.
(b) Children are socialized to become too emotional.
(c) Children are socialized to become competitive.
(d) Children are socialized to become aggressive.

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

11. As Frazier explains the operations of Walden Two to the visitors, what technique does the author use to support the ideas behind Walden Two's operations?
(a) He does not tolerate any questions from the visitors.
(b) He does not have Frazier show the visitors anything that is not working well.
(c) He keeps the visitors away from the ordinary members of Walden Two.
(d) He presents the community as one whose systems and practices are beyond question because they are already working.

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

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

14. Why have Rogers and Jamnik come to visit Burris at the beginning of the novel?
(a) To find out about a utopian society he once mentioned to Rogers.
(b) For advice on their future.
(c) To renew old acquaintances.
(d) To invite him to join their group.

15. Which of the following features are included in the systems of work and leadership outlined by Frazier in his description of Walden Two?
(a) Scientific management and management of resources.
(b) Shared work and experimentation.
(c) Use of expertise, shared work, and experimentation.
(d) Use of experiments.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the visitors go to their first dinner, where do they observe many of Walden Two's members gathering?

2. Which member of the group raises questions about mother love for babies?

3. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?

4. After they visit the school, Frazier discusses the advantages of the education system with the visitors. To what three features does Frazier attribute the system's efficiency?

5. After their tour of the dairy, when Mrs. Meyerson joins the group, what tradition involving young couples do the visitors observe?

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