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

2. According to Frazier's explanation, what effect has Walden Two's involvement in politics achieved?
(a) It has brought down a President.
(b) It has changed laws.
(c) It has brought change to other States.
(d) It has cleaned up corrupt politicians.

3. 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 tells Castle it would be a futile exercise.
(c) He laughs at Castle's silly game.
(d) He allows Castle to prove his point.

4. According to Frazier, what specific attributes does Walden Two have that will prevent its failure?
(a) Experimentation and openness to change.
(b) Experimentation and leadership.
(c) Democracy and experimentation.
(d) Democracy and behavior engineering.

5. When the group's Sunday afternoon walk is canceled due to rain, and Burris finds himself alone with Frazier and Castle, of what does Burris accuse Frazier?
(a) Of being a figurehead.
(b) Of being a manipulator and despot.
(c) Of being a Communist.
(d) Of being a tyrant.

6. 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 a mature, ordinary member of the community.
(c) To get the perspective of the unemployed.
(d) To get the female perspective.

7. 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 is involved in political action himself.
(c) He uses the same methods that are used in the wider political system.
(d) Although he says nothing can be achieved through it, his description of Walden Two's political activity shows otherwise.

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

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

10. 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 leaving government to experts and by emphasizing cooperation and planning.
(d) By relying on the Political Manager and gathering the ideas of members.

11. Which one of the visitors fails to understand why anyone would want to live at Walden Two?
(a) Barbara.
(b) Mary.
(c) Steve.
(d) Castle.

12. How does Frazier explain the low incidence of adultery at Walden Two?
(a) The marriages are arranged and strict rules apply.
(b) The community encourages friendships between the sexes.
(c) Adultery results in expulsion from the community.
(d) Adultery results in public disgrace.

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

14. 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 culture of the other adolscents would cause him to conform.
(b) The aggressive adolescent would be separated from others until he behaves appropriately.
(c) The other adolescents would report instances of aggression and suggest punishment.
(d) The other adolescents would retaliate.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What new kind of control does Frazier add to the Sunday evening debate about behavior control?

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

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

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

5. Following the discussion of marriage and child-bearing, what view of the modern world does Frazier use to justify some of the family-oriented practices at Walden Two?

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