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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. Which of the following terms best describes some of the weaknesses that Frazier attributes to the traditional educational system?
(a) Overly bureaucratic and often pointless.
(b) Bureaucratic and inefficient.
(c) Bureaucratic and boring.
(d) Bureaucratic and ineffective.

2. At the beginning of the novel, where have Rogers and Jamnik been before their visit to Burris?
(a) Visiting Walden Two.
(b) Visiting foreign countries.
(c) Studying politics at a university.
(d) In the army fighting World War II.

3. Why does Frazier point this out to the visitors?
(a) It demonstrates the productivity of the sheep.
(b) It demonstrates the ability to control young children.
(c) It demonstrates the benefits of early marriage.
(d) It illustrates the ability of the community to control specific behaviors that suit the community's needs.

4. What is the significance of the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?
(a) It is a biblical reference that suggests salvation.
(b) It is a biblical reference that suggests the liberation of the Israelites.
(c) It is a biblical reference that suggests perfection.
(d) It is a biblical reference that suggests a way to heaven.

5. What is the impact on Burris when he participates in his chosen form of entertainment?
(a) He is overcome with the idea of a Golden Age.
(b) He agrees with Frazier's philosophy.
(c) He believes Fraizer's ideas are unrealistic.
(d) He is not convinced that Walden Two has the potential for a Golden Age.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the discussion about socializing children to develop ethics, what is the first lesson that Frazier describes?

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

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

4. On their way to their first activity on the morning after they participate in entertainment, what do the visitors observe?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. As the visit progresses to the next morning, what tensions emerge among the visitors themselves?

2. As Castle observes the nursery, what is he concerned about and how is his concern addressed?

3. How does Burris convey his interest in the ideas of Steve and Rogers?

4. After breakfast, what do the visitors observe that involves children and babies?

5. What is the significance of the sheep that Frazier points out to the group early in their visit?

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

7. How is work organized at Walden Two?

8. Summarize the main features of government and administration at Walden Two.

9. When the visitors observe some children going off on a picnic and raise questions about jealousy, what explanations do they receive?

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

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