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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 Mrs. Meyerson, what is the reason behind the women's attitude to dress?
(a) They are very modest.
(b) They want to reduce expense.
(c) They want to distract the men from sexual thoughts.
(d) They do not want to be seen as objects.

2. Based on Frazier's description of the system, which of the following statements best describes a weakness in the way leaders are chosen at Walden Two?
(a) It assumes that the motives and skills of the decision-makers are at the apppropriate level.
(b) It places too much power in the hands of a few persons.
(c) It has no mechanism for participation of workers.
(d) It places too much power in the hands of one person.

3. As the visitors get ready for their work assignment together, and Burris and Mary share breakfast, what develops between these two characters?
(a) They dislike each other.
(b) They do not speak much to each other.
(c) Burris seems too intellectual for Mary, but he seems attracted to her.
(d) Mary is attracted to Burris, but she is too simple for him.

4. Why are all members of Walden Two required to do physical labor?
(a) To maintain good relations with workers.
(b) To keep them fit.
(c) To contribute to health and well-being while keeping in touch with workers.
(d) To prevent obesity and health problems.

5. As the visitors take their first walk around Walden Two, what does Frazier explain to the visitors about the buildings?
(a) They are cheaper to maintain.
(b) They are communal buildings made of rammed earth with covered passages, and they protect them from extreme weather.
(c) They prevent the chilrden from going outside.
(d) They protect them from bad weather because they are insulated.

Short Answer Questions

1. After they visit the school, Frazier discusses the advantages of the education system with the visitors. To what three features does Frazier attribute the system's efficiency?

2. 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?

3. Who is the first member of Walden Two that Frazier allows the group to meet?

4. In the first discussion between Rogers, Burris, and Jamnik, why is Frazier's name introduced?

5. What assumption does Walden Two make about how to build resistance in babies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What advertising practices does Walden Two observe?

7. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

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

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

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

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