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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. According to Frazier's description of the school system, what is the priority in teaching at Walden Two?
(a) To develop interpersonal skills.
(b) To develop ethics and learning skills.
(c) To develop thinking and learning skills.
(d) To develop ethics and thinking skills.

2. How does the rearing of Walden Two children up to three-years-old compare with that of babies?
(a) They all receive inoculations and eat only organic food.
(b) Their playing and sleeping arrangements are the same.
(c) Their health care is the same.
(d) Their sleeping arrangements are the same.

3. What is the most advanced exercise for children to learn ethics?
(a) Some children must skip one meal while others eat.
(b) Half of the children wait half-an-hour, while the other half go on eating.
(c) Half of the children wait for five minutes while the other half go on eating.
(d) Children must feed their peers without getting food for themselves.

4. After the visitors complete their first session of window-cleaning, how does Frazier clarify the view that Walden Two is about "getting back to a simpler time"?
(a) The objective is to increase physical work and improve health.
(b) The objective is to reduce work and improve relationships.
(c) The objective is to increase physical and spiritual activity.
(d) He explains that the objective is to reduce hard labor, use technology, and create leisure.

5. How does Burris respond to the women of Walden Two when he first sees them?
(a) He considers them plain.
(b) He thinks they look dull and bored.
(c) He considers them beautiful.
(d) He thinks they look overworked and unhappy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Walden Two meet its production needs when members work a relatively short work day?

2. 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?

3. What is the point of view in which Walden Two is written?

4. How are the older children divided into grades at school?

5. Whose ideas for a perfect society are reflected in the structure and operations of Walden Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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