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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 response to Frazier's assertions about keeping young people at Walden Two, Castle indirectly suggests that the practice is like indoctrination. What is the literary device used by the author in Castle's response?
(a) Allusion.
(b) Metaphor.
(c) Transferred epithet.
(d) Sarcasm.

2. Faced with Castle's challenge about the absence of moral law at Walden Two, what does Frazier display?
(a) He displays the willingness to give the matter some thought.
(b) He displays pragmatism and a belief that all behavior can be dealt with by experimentation and social engineering.
(c) He displays faith in Walden Two's abiity to manage without it.
(d) He displays an intolerance for opposition.

3. When the group's Sunday afternoon walk is canceled due to rain, and Burris finds himself alone with Frazier and Castle, of what does Burris accuse Frazier?
(a) Of being a tyrant.
(b) Of being a manipulator and despot.
(c) Of being a Communist.
(d) Of being a figurehead.

4. Why does Frazier discount the merits of majority vote in the democratic system?
(a) The majority can be misguided.
(b) The majority can become oppressors of the minority.
(c) The majority are really the pawns of a few politicians.
(d) The majority can overturn what is best for society.

5. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what complaint does he overhear?
(a) He hears about boredom.
(b) He hears about poor planning.
(c) He hears about tyranny.
(d) He hears about lack of freedom.

6. Who are the first visitors to decide on joining Walden Two?
(a) Burris and Rogers.
(b) Burris and Barbara.
(c) Steve and Rogers.
(d) Steve and Mary.

7. What does Burris learn from the housewife about how Walden Two finds out if members are happy?
(a) She says a young man comes around once a year to find out if she has needs or complaints.
(b) She says the leaders send out surveys.
(c) She says the leaders are uninterested in their happiness.
(d) She says they are asked to attend Sunday meetings.

8. Why is Rogers particularly impressed with Walden Two?
(a) He is excited about a free society.
(b) The community is a contrast to the things that upset him at home.
(c) He is looking for a simpler life.
(d) During his experience at war, he realized the problematic nature of his elite life in the States.

9. According to Frazier, what specific attributes does Walden Two have that will prevent its failure?
(a) Democracy and experimentation.
(b) Experimentation and openness to change.
(c) Democracy and behavior engineering.
(d) Experimentation and leadership.

10. As Burris smokes in the garden, what thought occurs to him about the impact of his visit to Walden Two?
(a) Everyone smokes, so he smokes more than normal.
(b) He smokes much more than normal.
(c) He smokes only in the company of those who smoke.
(d) Few people smoke, and he smokes much less than normal.

11. How does Frazier explain the low incidence of adultery at Walden Two?
(a) The community encourages friendships between the sexes.
(b) Adultery results in public disgrace.
(c) Adultery results in expulsion from the community.
(d) The marriages are arranged and strict rules apply.

12. What is ironic about Frazier's stated opposition to political action?
(a) He uses the same methods that are used in the wider political system.
(b) He is involved in political action himself.
(c) Although he says nothing can be achieved through it, his description of Walden Two's political activity shows otherwise.
(d) He has forgotten how he came to be the leader of Walden Two.

13. When the group's Sunday afternoon is canceled due to rain, what do Steve and Barbara do instead?
(a) They go to the movies.
(b) They join a group of musicians for an impromptu concert.
(c) They go to a meeting about Walden Two's code.
(d) They go back to church.

14. What is the major difference between the arguments advanced by Castle and those advanced by Frazier?
(a) Castle's arguments are abstract while Frazier's are concrete and practical.
(b) Castle's arguments are forceful while Frazier's arguments are weak.
(c) Castle's arguments are weak while Frazier's arguments are strong.
(d) Castle's arguments are pragmatic while Frazier's are idealistic.

15. In the part of the debate when they speak about democracy, what weaknesses of this system does Frazier point out?
(a) Elections are a sham and politicians manipulate voters.
(b) Elections are a sham and voters know nothing about the issues.
(c) Elections are media campaigns and a single vote doesn't really matter.
(d) Elections are a sham and voters know nothing about the issues.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the role of the person who is responsible for Walden Two's relationship to government in the wider society?

2. To what does Frazier relate his theory of behavior?

3. During the Sunday evening debate about behavior control, on what point do Castle and Frazier agree?

4. According to Frazier, how does Walden Two overcome the weaknesses of democracy?

5. What is the likely reason for the decision of the first two visitors to join Walden Two?

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