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

2. What assumption does Walden Two make about how to build resistance in babies?
(a) They should be introduced to frustration and illness slowly.
(b) They should be quarantined.
(c) They should only interact with their mothers.
(d) They should only be fed on organic foods.

3. After their tour of the dairy, when Mrs. Meyerson joins the group, what tradition involving young couples do the visitors observe?
(a) They work on their own living quarters.
(b) They learn to cook and bake.
(c) They attend counseling sessions.
(d) They attend parenting classes.

4. What is the highest level of community leadership at Walden Two?
(a) The Management Board.
(b) The Board of Planners.
(c) The Chief of the Community, who is Frazier.
(d) The Community Action Board.

5. As the first discussion between Burris, Rogers, and Jamnik evolves, what does the reader learn about the attitude of the two younger men regarding their lives?
(a) They want to encourage others to go to war.
(b) They are searching for better careers.
(c) They are disillusioned and in search of something different.
(d) They are happy about their society.

Short Answer Questions

1. After observing the behavior of children left behind by those going on a picnic, how do Castle and Barbara respond to Frazier's explanations about emotional expression?

2. What is the philosophy of the women as described by Mrs. Meyerson after Burris makes his comment?

3. In the conversation concerning expression of emotions, what criticism does Frazier make of how the wider society socializes children?

4. As the group comes across couples with babies, what views are expressed concerning the best age for marriage and child-bearing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

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

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

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

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

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