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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 dinner, as the visitors settle in the lounge, what does Frazier explain about how members of Walden Two contribute to the community?
(a) Through a system of labor credits, members must give fours hours of work each day .
(b) Each family is assigned to different chores and these are rotated.
(c) Members are paid for work and must contribute a percentage of their earnings to the community.
(d) Members must work eight hours each day.

2. As Frazier discusses leisure and boredom, what does he claim about the environment at Walden Two?
(a) He says the environment is ideal for personal growth.
(b) He says the environment is ideal for spiritual well-being.
(c) He says the environment is ideal for creating art.
(d) He says the environment is ideal for bulding family relationships.

3. What is the first significant activity at Walden Two that Frazier points out to the visitors on the first day of their visit?
(a) A group of children trained to resist lollipops.
(b) A herd of sheep trained to move in the required way.
(c) Adolescents being trained for early marriage.
(d) Spouses being trained to make their marriages work.

4. Why have Rogers and Jamnik come to visit Burris at the beginning of the novel?
(a) To renew old acquaintances.
(b) To find out about a utopian society he once mentioned to Rogers.
(c) For advice on their future.
(d) To invite him to join their group.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who else is invited to join the three men as they plan their visit to Walden Two?

3. What evidence does Frazier cite to support his argument about the impact of leisure on Walden Two?

4. When Roger and Barbara join the others for breakfast, how does Barbara stand out from the visitors?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is work organized at Walden Two?

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

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

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

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

7. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

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

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

10. What is the result of the discussion about Frazier and the action that Burris takes?

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