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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 aspect of Walden Two's philosophy is reflected in the gallery of pictures which Burris stops to admire on the way to their first tea?
(a) They believe gifted persons should be allowed to focus on artistic work only.
(b) They believe art is needed for mental exercise.
(c) They believe that making lesiure time available to members will lead to a flourishing of artistic work.
(d) They believe children should be introduced to art early in life.

2. On their way to their first activity on the morning after they participate in entertainment, what do the visitors observe?
(a) They pass children gardening.
(b) They pass children learning geometry with strings and pegs.
(c) They pass children involved in organized sports.
(d) They pass children painting a mural.

3. How does Mrs. Meyerson contribute to the community's cultural activities?
(a) She leads a dance group.
(b) She works with a group of painters.
(c) She performs in a musical chorus.
(d) She leads a theater group.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first significant activity at Walden Two that Frazier points out to the visitors on the first day of their visit?

2. Why does the author expand the visiting group to include these members?

3. How does Burris respond to the women of Walden Two when he first sees them?

4. At the beginning of the novel, where have Rogers and Jamnik been before their visit to Burris?

5. As the visitors take their first walk around Walden Two, what does Frazier explain to the visitors about the buildings?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What aspects of Walden Two's practices do the visitors observe at dinner?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What explanations does Mrs. Nash give the visitors about bringing up babies at Walden Two?

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

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

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