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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 is the philosophy of the women as described by Mrs. Meyerson after Burris makes his comment?
(a) They place no emphasis on looking good.
(b) They dress to flatter themselves but do not follow fashion.
(c) They dress to disguise their attractiveness.
(d) They are avid followers of modern fashion.

2. What do the visitors learn about Walden Two's method of keeping babies healthy?
(a) Babies are only fed breast milk in the first year.
(b) To prevent illness, babies have limited exposure to the outside world in the first year.
(c) Babies are inoculated against illness in their first year.
(d) Babies are only fed organic food in the first year.

3. As the group observes some children leaving for a picnic, what answer does Castle receive when he asks about jealousy among those left behind?
(a) Frazier says Castle is imposing adult feelings on the chidlren.
(b) Frazier explains that the children do not exhibit jealousy.
(c) Frazier says children would be punished if they displayed jealousy.
(d) Frazier says the children understand that their turn will come.

4. Which member of the group raises questions about mother love for babies?
(a) Mary.
(b) Barbara.
(c) Castle.
(d) Rogers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

5. What approach to psychology is reflected in this first activity that is observed by the visitors?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author humanize Frazier in the description of the birthday party?

2. How is work organized at Walden Two?

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

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

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

6. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

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

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

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

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

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