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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. Why does Mrs. Meyerson leave the group during their first visit?
(a) To report for work.
(b) To attend a special function for her daughter.
(c) She does not like one of the visiting group.
(d) To get away from Frazier.

2. What is the profession of Burris?
(a) Professor of Sociology.
(b) Professor of Philosophy.
(c) Professor of Politics.
(d) Professor of Psychology.

3. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?
(a) There is nowhere for a crowd to gather.
(b) The entire community is very small.
(c) Work is allocated in shifts to keep people busy.
(d) People are free to wander and not many people want to do the same thing at the same time, so they are at different places.

4. What is the role of scientists at Walden Two?
(a) They develop new systems and products, but must also do physical labor.
(b) They maintain contact with universities and inventors, but must also do physical labor.
(c) They are assigned to research and experiments, but have to do some physical work.
(d) They do their professional jobs and manual work, but they only investigate "pure science" in their spare time.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the figure of speech contained in the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?

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

3. After their tour of the dairy, when Mrs. Meyerson joins the group, what tradition involving young couples do the visitors observe?

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

5. Where are babies kept in the early stages of life at Walden Two?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Frazier, what are the benefits of the system for organizing work?

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

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

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

8. How is work organized at Walden Two?

9. What are the major features of the Walden Two approach to education?

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

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