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. According to Frazier's explanation of behavior theory, what two contradictory forces occur simultaneously when it is applied?
(a) Freedom and control.
(b) Freedom and dictatorship.
(c) Freedom and tyranny.
(d) Free will and obedience.

2. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what game does he see some playing?
(a) Football.
(b) Tennis.
(c) Scrabble.
(d) Chess.

3. What do the visitors who want to join Walden Two have to pass?
(a) Physicals and intelligence tests.
(b) A physical.
(c) Intelligence and aptitude tests.
(d) Career tests and physicals.

4. 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 media campaigns and a single vote doesn't really matter.
(c) Elections are a sham and politicians manipulate voters.
(d) Elections are a sham and voters know nothing about the issues.

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

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

7. What is a Fascist?
(a) Someone who believes in a mixture of democracy and communism.
(b) Someone who fights any form of organized politics.
(c) Someone who believes in or supports radical, authoritatian national politics.
(d) Someone who believes in an offshoot of communism.

8. What does Burris find when he goes off by himself to investigate whether Walden Two members are happy?
(a) Most people appear to be indifferent.
(b) He finds a variety of groups engaged in various ordinary activities.
(c) He finds that groups are either indifferent or very happy with Walden Two.
(d) He finds a group whose members are definitely miserable with life at Walden Two.

9. Later in the discussion about failed communal societies, how does Frazier explain their failure?
(a) They did not use engineered behavior.
(b) They tried to do too much too soon.
(c) They believed they were perfect.
(d) They believed they were following truth from God or from visions.

10. How is failure treated at Walden Two?
(a) Persons who fail have to go back to school.
(b) Persons who fail are channelled into different types of work.
(c) Persons who fail are moved to different jobs and if this continues, they see a psychologist.
(d) Persons who fail are asked to leave the community.

11. When questioned by Burris about young people leaving Walden Two, how does Frazier respond?
(a) He says they are forbidden to leave.
(b) He says they know they cannot do better elsewhere.
(c) He says they are too happy and productive to want to leave.
(d) He says they tell young people all about the world and even give them projects to do about issues in the outside world.

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

13. 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 grow up more quickly.
(c) The children respect all adults.
(d) The children have less conflict with their parents.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Frazier, what specific attributes does Walden Two have that will prevent its failure?

2. After the dinner at which Burris and Frazier discuss failed communal societies, where do they hear from Frazier about the "Good Life"?

3. Who is responsible for Walden Two's relationship to government in the wider society?

4. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what complaint does he overhear?

5. Why does Frazier believe that Walden Two planners are unlikely to become dictators?

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