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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. How are the older children divided into grades at school?
(a) According to their test scores.
(b) According to reading ability.
(c) There are no grades.
(d) According to age.

2. Why is Mrs. Nash confused when Castle asks about jealousy as he observes some children leaving from a picnic?
(a) She came to Walden Two at twelve-years-old and no longer experiences jealousy.
(b) She is hard of hearing.
(c) She has an illness that prevents her from understanding some words.
(d) She does not speak much English.

3. How does Walden Two meet its production needs when members work a relatively short work day?
(a) Workers from the nearby farms give assistance.
(b) The size of the community permits this.
(c) The lifestyle does not require more.
(d) The labor force includes adolescents and women.

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

5. What do the visitors learn at dinner about how the cooks at Walden Two ensure that food is not wasted?
(a) They cook meals from all around the world and make every effort to see that everything is eaten.
(b) Leftovers are eaten on the folowing day.
(c) Members who leave too much food on their plates are fined for waste.
(d) They do not cook until a specific number of persons indicate what they want to eat.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Meyerson leave the group during their first visit?

2. 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"?

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

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

5. How does Mrs. Meyerson contribute to the community's cultural activities?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

9. 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?

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

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