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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. Why does the author have Burris discuss matters with the housewife that he meets on the way to his room?
(a) To get the perspective of a mature, ordinary member of the community.
(b) To get the perspective of mothers.
(c) To get the female perspective.
(d) To get the perspective of the unemployed.

2. Why is Rogers particularly impressed with Walden Two?
(a) During his experience at war, he realized the problematic nature of his elite life in the States.
(b) The community is a contrast to the things that upset him at home.
(c) He is looking for a simpler life.
(d) He is excited about a free society.

3. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what complaint does he overhear?
(a) He hears about poor planning.
(b) He hears about lack of freedom.
(c) He hears about tyranny.
(d) He hears about boredom.

4. What further clarification does Frazier give to the group about the new kind of behavioral control?
(a) He says it is more successful than punishment.
(b) He says it conflicts with ideas about self-control.
(c) He says its effectiveness has been proven at Walden Two.
(d) He says it is the basis of the practices at Walden Two.

5. How does Frazier respond to the accusation from Burris?
(a) He does not deny that Walden Two controls behavior, but he states that mankind has no other path to a better way of life than that offered by Walden Two.
(b) He denies the accusations and attacks Burris.
(c) He admits to some dictatorial behavior, but says it is necessary for good order.
(d) He avoids a confrontation by ignoring the comments of Burris.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the visitors who want to join Walden Two have to pass?

2. What views about power does Frazier express in response to Castle's comments?

3. What is the occupation of the housewife?

4. On the same Sunday evening when Castle and Frazier argue about using a science of behavior to control behavior, how does Frazier justify its necessity?

5. In the same discussion about family life, what significant difference between traditional marriage and marriage at Walden Two does Frazier explain?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Burris tries to ask Frazier about communal societies that have failed in the past, how does Frazier respond?

2. How does Castle seek to prove his point about personal freedom, and with what result?

3. What is Frazier's vision for Walden Two?

4. Why are Steve and Mary attracted to joining Walden Two?

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

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

7. As he seeks verification of the happiness of Walden Two's members, what groups does Burris encounter and what does he conclude?

8. According to Frazier's explanation on the roof, what is the "Good Life"?

9. What conflicting views about life at Walden Two surface for Rogers and Barbara after they have been exposed to some of the practices like education and family life?

10. Although Frazier disagrees, does Castle imply that there is indoctrination of young people at Walden Two?

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