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. While observing this group, what does Frazier reveal to the observers about Walden Two?
(a) It has been perpetuating itself by forming similar communities at Walden Three, Four and Five.
(b) It has reached its final goal of six communities.
(c) It has over ten branches.
(d) It is cutting back on the formation of new communities.

2. When the visitors have almost completed their window washing, what is the next assignment for Rogers, Steve, and Burris?
(a) They paint the nursery.
(b) They refurbish buildings.
(c) They clean the school.
(d) They stack wood behind the theater.

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 express the author's theories.
(c) He is used to contradict the author's beliefs.
(d) He is used to attack communism.

4. 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.

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

6. During the Sunday evening debate about behavior control, on what point do Castle and Frazier agree?
(a) That force and the threat of force do control behavior.
(b) That fear of consequences does control behavior.
(c) That conditioning does control behavior.
(d) That sanctions do control behavior.

7. 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.

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

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

10. 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 group whose members are definitely miserable with life at Walden Two.
(c) He finds that groups are either indifferent or very happy with Walden Two.
(d) He finds a variety of groups engaged in various ordinary activities.

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

12. 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 leaders have always controlled the behavior of followers.
(b) He says that without it the world has no chance of improvement.
(c) He says that without it there would be disorder.
(d) He says that without it, people would be controlled by less benevolent forces such as politicians and salesmen.

13. To what does Frazier relate his theory of behavior?
(a) The teachings of Jesus about fortitude.
(b) The teachings of Jesus about love of one's neighbor.
(c) The teachings of Jesus about loving one's enemies.
(d) The teachings of Jesus about temptation.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is ironic about Frazier's stated opposition to political action?

2. Why is Rogers particularly impressed with Walden Two?

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

4. At lunch after the tour of the medical facilities, what aspects of modern society does Castle suggest are needed at Walden Two?

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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