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

2. After hearing about the decision of two visitors to join Walden Two, what observation does Castle make about the apparent happiness of the members of Walden Two?
(a) They seem happy because they are simple and afraid of Frazier.
(b) They are a false front engineered Frazier.
(c) They seem happy because Frazier has indoctrinated them.
(d) They seem happy because they are better off than in the outside world.

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Frazier respond to the accusation from Burris?
(a) He denies the accusations and attacks Burris.
(b) He does not deny that Walden Two controls behavior, but he states that mankind has no other path to a better way of life than that offered by Walden Two.
(c) He avoids a confrontation by ignoring the comments of Burris.
(d) He admits to some dictatorial behavior, but says it is necessary for good order.

9. How is the Code sustained at Walden Two?
(a) Frazier updates it regularly.
(b) Through discussion and reinforcement at Sunday meetings.
(c) The leaders and managers update it regularly.
(d) The members vote on what should be in it.

10. How do the child-rearing practices affect the women of Walden Two?
(a) They are freed from the necessity of being housewives.
(b) They can participate more in community life.
(c) They can become professionals.
(d) They pine for their children.

11. What does Burris find when he goes off by himself to investigate whether Walden Two members are happy?
(a) He finds a group whose members are definitely miserable with life at Walden Two.
(b) Most people appear to be indifferent.
(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.

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

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

14. As the visitors tour the mental and dental facilities, what is evidently the major emphasis in the approach to care?
(a) Preventative care.
(b) Emergency care.
(c) Cheap care.
(d) Family care.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Why does the author have Burris discuss matters with the housewife that he meets on the way to his room?

3. 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?

4. As the debate continues, how do Castle and Frazier differ in their views of democracy?

5. What is the likely reason for the decision of the first two visitors to join Walden Two?

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