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

2. Why does the name of Walden Two contain the word Two?
(a) It is located near Walden.
(b) The first attempt at creating the community was a failure.
(c) There is a book called Walden that describes an experimental community.
(d) There are two communities and Frazier is in charge of the second.

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

4. What is the role of scientists at Walden Two?
(a) They maintain contact with universities and inventors, but must also do physical labor.
(b) They are assigned to research and experiments, but have to do some physical work.
(c) They do their professional jobs and manual work, but they only investigate "pure science" in their spare time.
(d) They develop new systems and products, but must also do physical labor.

5. What factors determine the most common form of entertainment at Walden Two?
(a) Cost and time to organize it.
(b) The members of the community vote on what they want to do.
(c) Cost, transportation, and the amount of trouble involved.
(d) Talent and time.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following terms best sums up the approach to decision-making, as described by Frazier to the visitors?

3. What is the impact on Burris when he participates in his chosen form of entertainment?

4. What is the figure of speech contained in the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?

5. In the discussion about socializing children to develop ethics, what is the first lesson that Frazier describes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the feelings about his work that Burris has while being visited by the two men?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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