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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. What do the visitors learn at dinner about how the cooks at Walden Two ensure that food is not wasted?
(a) Members who leave too much food on their plates are fined for waste.
(b) Leftovers are eaten on the folowing day.
(c) They cook meals from all around the world and make every effort to see that everything is eaten.
(d) They do not cook until a specific number of persons indicate what they want to eat.

2. In the discussion about socializing children to develop ethics, what is the first lesson that Frazier describes?
(a) They give children coloring books and crayons, which they are forbidden to use.
(b) They give children sugar-covered lollipops with instructions not to lick them.
(c) They make hungry children watch adults eat their meals.
(d) They provide toys, which the children cannot touch.

3. What do babies sleep on in Walden Two?
(a) Wooden slats with sponges.
(b) Foam covered wood.
(c) Easily cleaned stretched plastic that provides comfort and eliminates cleaning.
(d) Cotton sheets.

4. What is the name of the passageway where the visitors have their tea on their first day at Walden Two?
(a) Peter's Ladder.
(b) Jacob's Ladder.
(c) Moses' Ladder.
(d) The Upper Room.

5. Early in their tour of Walden Two, the visitors learn that children do not eat with adults in the main dining room until a certain age. What age is this?
(a) Twelve years.
(b) Seven years.
(c) Six years.
(d) Ten years.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why have Rogers and Jamnik come to visit Burris at the beginning of the novel?

2. After Burris selects what he wants to do from the bulletin board, what do Mary and Steve decide to do instead?

3. Apart from artwork in the gallery, what other type of artistic activity is referred to in the first part of the visitors' tour of Walden Two?

4. According to Mrs. Meyerson, what is the reason behind the women's attitude to dress?

5. Which of the visitors is the first one to appear critical of Walden Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence is there at Walden Two regarding Frazier's idea of a flourishing artistic environment?

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

3. What aspects of Walden Two's practices do the visitors observe at dinner?

4. As the novel begins, how does Rogers explain to Burris the need that he and Steve are experiencing?

5. What is the narrative perspective of the novel, and why does the author choose it?

6. 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?

7. After a tour of the dairy, what two traditions of Walden Two do the visitors observe?

8. What are the deficiencies of Walden Two's system of government?

9. What does the conversation about jealousy give Frazier the opportunity to do, and how do Barbara and Castle respond?

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

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