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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. When Mary exhibits a kind of embroidery stitch to some women, they seem grateful but do not communicate this to her. What is the reason for this?
(a) Saying thanks is not necessary because everyone is doing his / her duty.
(b) Saying thanks is not encouraged because it elevates one person above another, which Walden Two's code does not permit.
(c) Saying thanks is not necessary because it suggests obligation.
(d) Saying thanks is not necessary because all work is required.

2. Which of the following terms best describes some of the weaknesses that Frazier attributes to the traditional educational system?
(a) Bureaucratic and ineffective.
(b) Bureaucratic and boring.
(c) Overly bureaucratic and often pointless.
(d) Bureaucratic and inefficient.

3. 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?
(a) There is no discipline.
(b) It avoids administration, discipline, and a standardized curriculum.
(c) There is no formal testing.
(d) There is no standardized curriculum.

4. At the beginning of the novel, where have Rogers and Jamnik been before their visit to Burris?
(a) Studying politics at a university.
(b) Visiting Walden Two.
(c) Visiting foreign countries.
(d) In the army fighting World War II.

5. How does Burris respond to the women of Walden Two when he first sees them?
(a) He considers them beautiful.
(b) He considers them plain.
(c) He thinks they look overworked and unhappy.
(d) He thinks they look dull and bored.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the author expand the visiting group to include these members?

3. What is the philosophy of the women as described by Mrs. Meyerson after Burris makes his comment?

4. As the group observes the child's birthday celebration, how does the author add a human touch to the portrayal of Frazier?

5. According to Frazier's explanation, how is the system managed to prevent members from favoring professional work over manual labor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

6. What kind of celebration does the group observe after tea on the first day of the visit?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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