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B. F. Skinner
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are the older children divided into grades at school?
(a) According to age.
(b) According to their test scores.
(c) According to reading ability.
(d) There are no grades.

2. Who is in charge of the nursery visited by the group?
(a) Mrs. Meyerson.
(b) Mrs. Frazier.
(c) Mrs. Nash.
(d) Mrs. Rogers.

3. How does Frazier respond to Castle's expression of horror at the practices with the children?
(a) He says these are controlled frustrations for good ends, unlike the ones children normally face.
(b) He says the children are admired everywhere because of their behavior.
(c) He says he believes in the methods because they worked in his own childhood.
(d) He says the practices help the children control their behavior.

4. What further explanation does Frazier give about Walden Two's philosophy regarding emotional expression?
(a) They develop spiritual awareness to offset negative emotions.
(b) They use behavioral engineering to eliminate harmful emotions.
(c) They use punishment to control emotions.
(d) They ignore negative emotions until they go away.

5. As Frazier discusses leisure and boredom, what does he claim about the environment at Walden Two?
(a) He says the environment is ideal for creating art.
(b) He says the environment is ideal for bulding family relationships.
(c) He says the environment is ideal for spiritual well-being.
(d) He says the environment is ideal for personal growth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Mrs. Nash confused when Castle asks about jealousy as he observes some children leaving from a picnic?

2. What do the visitors learn at dinner about how the management of meals contributes to avoidance of crowds at Walden Two?

3. As far as men and women are concerned, which of the following best sums up the way Frazier describes the allocation of work at Walden Two?

4. In the conversation concerning expression of emotions, what criticism does Frazier make of how the wider society socializes children?

5. What activities does Frazier plan for the group after breakfast on the morning after their leisure activities?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of celebration does the group observe after tea on the first day of the visit?

2. What are some of the feelings about his work that Burris has while being visited by the two men?

3. After the visit to the schools, what do the visitors discover about child-bearing practices at Walden Two and the advantages of the approach used?

4. As he seeks verification of the happiness of Walden Two's members, what groups does Burris encounter and what does he conclude?

5. What three examples does Frazier give of methods used to teach children ethical behavior?

6. When Frazier, Burris, and Castle take a walk outside and see a group arriving, what information is given about the growth of the community?

7. While on the roof, how does Frazier counter Castle's claim that life at Walden Two offers no challenge and lacks moral law?

8. Why does the author expand the group that will visit Walden Two?

9. What is Frazier's vision for Walden Two?

10. What is the philosophy of Walden Two about leisure?

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