Walden Two Test | Final Test - Easy

B. F. Skinner
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Frazier, how do the child-rearing practices affect the development of the children?
(a) The children relate to adults of their choice and are less dependent on their parents.
(b) The children have less conflict with their parents.
(c) The children respect all adults.
(d) The children grow up more quickly.

3. In the argument that takes place when the rain causes Burris, Castle, and Frazier to have an extended discussion, what is the major purpose served by Frazier's arguments?
(a) He is used to defend Walden Two.
(b) He is used to contradict the author's beliefs.
(c) He is used to express the author's theories.
(d) He is used to attack communism.

4. At lunch after the tour of the medical facilities, what aspects of modern society does Castle suggest are needed at Walden Two?
(a) Governent and religion.
(b) Elections and shared leadership.
(c) Government and politics.
(d) Religion and politics.

5. What literary device is evident in the underlying contradiction between Frazier's comments on power and his own involvement in leading Walden Two?
(a) Irony.
(b) Allusion.
(c) Metaphor.
(d) Hyperbole.

6. 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) Metaphor.
(b) Transferred epithet.
(c) Allusion.
(d) Sarcasm.

7. What views about power does Frazier express in response to Castle's comments?
(a) It is dangerous to freedom.
(b) It is a part of leadership at Walden Two.
(c) It is needed to maintain control.
(d) It corrupts governments.

8. Identify the critical features that constitute "the good life", as outline by Frazier.
(a) Health, minimal unpleasant work, the opportunity to utilize talents, having satisfying personal relationships, and relaxation.
(b) Freedom, personal success, and family success.
(c) Fame, fortune, and health.
(d) Satisfying relationships, good health, and economic success.

9. Why does Frazier believe that Walden Two planners are unlikely to become dictators?
(a) They have no ambition because this is not permitted.
(b) They have agreed to the Walden Two code.
(c) They have no incentive to become despots in a cooperative society.
(d) They have agreed to the Walden Two code.

10. How does Frazier respond to Castle's proposal to demonstrate his freedom?
(a) He laughs at Castle's silly game.
(b) He allows Castle to prove his point.
(c) He manipulates Castle to do the opposite of what is in his mind.
(d) He tells Castle it would be a futile exercise.

11. What does Burris learn from the housewife that he meets on the way to his room, regarding whether she is happy?
(a) She is very happy.
(b) She is happy sometimes.
(c) She is not happy.
(d) She doesn't seem to think about happiness and seems to take it for granted.

12. At the group's Sunday breakfast, how does Barbara's behavior affect Frazier?
(a) She flirts with him, but he responds awkwardly.
(b) She accosts him about his beliefs and he withdraws because she is a woman.
(c) She ignores him and he becomes fidgety.
(d) She flirts with him and he reciprocates.

13. What further clarification does Frazier give to the group about the new kind of behavioral control?
(a) He says its effectiveness has been proven at Walden Two.
(b) He says it is more successful than punishment.
(c) He says it is the basis of the practices at Walden Two.
(d) He says it conflicts with ideas about self-control.

14. At lunch after their tour of medical facilities, Frazier expresses enthusiasm about Walden two. What is he enthusiastic about?
(a) That the community is economically viable.
(b) That Walden Two proves it can exist in the modern world.
(c) That the community is achieving its purpose.
(d) That Walden Two has attracted two new members.

15. Why does the author have Burris discuss matters with the housewife that he meets on the way to his room?
(a) To get the female perspective.
(b) To get the perspective of the unemployed.
(c) To get the perspective of a mature, ordinary member of the community.
(d) To get the perspective of mothers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Later in the evening after Burris' investigation, who do Burris, Frazier, and Castle observe?

2. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what game does he see some playing?

3. Where do some of the visitors go after Sunday breakfast?

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

5. When questioned by Burris about young people leaving Walden Two, how does Frazier respond?

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