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 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.

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

3. On the same Sunday evening when Castle and Frazier argue about using a science of behavior to control behavior, how does Frazier justify its necessity?
(a) He says that without it the world has no chance of improvement.
(b) He says that without it there would be disorder.
(c) He says leaders have always controlled the behavior of followers.
(d) He says that without it, people would be controlled by less benevolent forces such as politicians and salesmen.

4. After the observation of the new arrivals, when Burris questions Frazier about the example of an aggressive adolescent, how does Frazier suggest that this would be handled at Walden Two?
(a) The other adolescents would report instances of aggression and suggest punishment.
(b) The other adolescents would retaliate.
(c) The aggressive adolescent would be separated from others until he behaves appropriately.
(d) The culture of the other adolscents would cause him to conform.

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

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

7. What new kind of control does Frazier add to the Sunday evening debate about behavior control?
(a) Positive reinforcement.
(b) Negative reinforcement.
(c) Negative conditioning.
(d) Positive conditioning.

8. What is the role of religion in life at Walden Two?
(a) Most people's religious beliefs fade into the background.
(b) It plays a signficant role in the life of members, but not of the leaders.
(c) It plays a significant role for all.
(d) The leaders make sure it plays no role at all.

9. How does Frazier suggest that the growth of Walden Two will affect farmers in the future?
(a) Farmers will have a ready market for their produce.
(b) Farmers all over the country may be forced off their land to make space for Walden Two.
(c) Farmers will want to join Walden Two because of the emphasis on production.
(d) Farmers will be integrated with Walden Two communities.

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

11. After his heavy work stacking wood, when Burris talks with Frazier at dinner about communal societies that have failed, what is Frazier's first response?
(a) He refuses to compare them with Walden Two because he has little knowledge of them.
(b) He asserts that they lacked vision.
(c) He asserts that Walden Two is definitely superior.
(d) He asserts that they lacked leadership.

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

13. What does Frazier explain to the group when one asks about how fast Walden Two can take on new members?
(a) The process will be rapid and based on experimentation.
(b) Walen Two has no desire to limit the number of new members.
(c) The process will be guided by research.
(d) The process will be experimental and taken one step at a time.

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

15. What is the likely reason for the decision of the first two visitors to join Walden Two?
(a) The economic opportunities attract them.
(b) They are excited about the opportunities available for just four labor credits a day.
(c) They are excited about the simplicity of the lifestyle.
(d) They are excited about the opportunities for spiritual growth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burris find when he goes off by himself to investigate whether Walden Two members are happy?

2. How do the child-rearing practices affect the women of Walden Two?

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

4. Identify the critical features that constitute "the good life", as outline by Frazier.

5. How is the Code sustained at Walden Two?

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