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 does Frazier believe is the cause of Burris' reluctance to embrace the lifestyle of Walden Two?
(a) Frazier believes it is because Burris dislikes him as a person.
(b) Frazier believes it's because Burris had a bad experience with a communal group.
(c) Frazier believes it's because Burris is an intellectual and he can't admit he has been wrong all along.
(d) Frazier believes it's because Burris does not accept a psychology of behavior.

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

3. 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 voters know nothing about the issues.
(b) Elections are a sham and politicians manipulate voters.
(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.

4. 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) Fame, fortune, and health.
(c) Freedom, personal success, and family success.
(d) Satisfying relationships, good health, and economic success.

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

6. In the same discussion about family life, what significant difference between traditional marriage and marriage at Walden Two does Frazier explain?
(a) Based on research and experimentation, spouses live together before marriage.
(b) Based on research and experimentation, marriages are arranged by the leaders.
(c) Based on research and experimentation, marriages are arranged by parents.
(d) Based on research and experimentation, Walden Two spouses sleep in separate rooms.

7. What is the role of the person who is responsible for Walden Two's relationship to government in the wider society?
(a) He represents Walden Two at Congress.
(b) He runs local elections.
(c) He studies political issues and puts together the "Walden Ticket" for which all members vote.
(d) He presents Walden Two's petitions.

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

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

10. What is the occupation of the housewife?
(a) She's a baker and has many hobbies.
(b) She minds her children.
(c) She spends all of her time as a baker.
(d) She is a nurse who bakes in her spare time.

11. Later in the evening after Burris' investigation, who do Burris, Frazier, and Castle observe?
(a) A new group arriving to start Walden Six.
(b) The Ombusdsmen of Walden Six.
(c) The Managers of Walden Six.
(d) The Assistant Planners of Walden Six.

12. According to Frazier, how does Walden Two overcome the weaknesses of democracy?
(a) By relying on the ombudsman and disallowing dissent.
(b) By leaving government to experts and by emphasizing cooperation and planning.
(c) By relying on the Political Manager and gathering the ideas of members.
(d) By having everyone vote in the same way after canvassing their opinions.

13. 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.

14. Who is responsible for Walden Two's relationship to government in the wider society?
(a) The Political Manager.
(b) Frazier.
(c) The Delegate.
(d) The Ombudsman.

15. Where do some of the visitors go after Sunday breakfast?
(a) To the beach.
(b) To the neighboring farm.
(c) To a Sunday service.
(d) To the park.

Short Answer Questions

1. At lunch after their tour of medical facilities, Frazier expresses enthusiasm about Walden two. What is he enthusiastic about?

2. What do the visitors who want to join Walden Two have to pass?

3. As the visitors tour the mental and dental facilities, what is evidently the major emphasis in the approach to care?

4. During the Sunday evening debate about behavior control, how does Castle try to demonstrate his own freedom?

5. What does Frazier explain to the group when one asks about how fast Walden Two can take on new members?

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