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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. After they visit the school, Frazier discusses the advantages of the education system with the visitors. To what three features does Frazier attribute the system's efficiency?
(a) There is no standardized curriculum.
(b) There is no formal testing.
(c) It avoids administration, discipline, and a standardized curriculum.
(d) There is no discipline.

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

3. Who is the first member of Walden Two that Frazier allows the group to meet?
(a) Mrs. Frazier.
(b) Mr. Mullings.
(c) Mr. Bryson.
(d) Mrs. Meyerson.

4. Who is the narrator of Walden Two?
(a) Professor Burris.
(b) Frazier.
(c) Castle.
(d) Rogers.

5. How does the group of visitors manage the first work assignment of window-cleaning?
(a) Burris is inefficient and uncomfortable, but they get through the work.
(b) They get through a good deal of the work in two hours, but Barbara is inefficient and uncomfortable.
(c) They have no difficulty adjusting to physical work.
(d) They are unaccustomed to this work, so they do not do well.

Short Answer Questions

1. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?

2. During their first discussion, what does Burris decide to do after the men have spoken about Frazier?

3. As the visitors get ready for their work assignment together, and Burris and Mary share breakfast, what develops between these two characters?

4. 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?

5. How does the rearing of Walden Two children up to three-years-old compare with that of babies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is work organized at Walden Two?

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

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

5. 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?

6. Why have Steve and Rogers come to visit Burris?

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

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

9. Why is Frazier responsive to requests for visits from the "failed" outside world to his new society?

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

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