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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. Who is in charge of the nursery visited by the group?
(a) Mrs. Nash.
(b) Mrs. Frazier.
(c) Mrs. Rogers.
(d) Mrs. Meyerson.

2. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?
(a) The entire community is very small.
(b) There is nowhere for a crowd to gather.
(c) Work is allocated in shifts to keep people busy.
(d) People are free to wander and not many people want to do the same thing at the same time, so they are at different places.

3. In the conversation concerning expression of emotions, what criticism does Frazier make of how the wider society socializes children?
(a) Children are socialized to become competitive.
(b) Children are socialized to fear adults.
(c) Children are socialized to become too emotional.
(d) Children are socialized to become aggressive.

4. Where are babies kept in the early stages of life at Walden Two?
(a) In their parents' home.
(b) In their mothers' rooms.
(c) In an intensive care unit.
(d) In climate controlled cubicles with glass windows.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Frazier's explanation, what is one of the most important expected outcomes of Walden Two's approach to organizing work?

2. How does the rearing of Walden Two children up to three-years-old compare with that of babies?

3. How do Walden Two's communication practices differ from the outside world?

4. What do babies sleep on in Walden Two?

5. As the first discussion between Burris, Rogers, and Jamnik evolves, what does the reader learn about the attitude of the two younger men regarding their lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advertising practices does Walden Two observe?

2. How do the views of Castle and Frazier about freedom conflict?

3. How does Frazier justify the emphasis on control at Walden Two?

4. When Burris and Frazier are on the way back to the main building, what do the men discover about the sheep?

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

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

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

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

9. While on the roof, how does Frazier counter Castle's claim that life at Walden Two offers no challenge and lacks moral law?

10. After hearing extensive reports from Frazier about the members of Walden Two, what does Burris decide to do?

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