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

2. According to Frazier's explanation of behavior theory, what two contradictory forces occur simultaneously when it is applied?
(a) Freedom and dictatorship.
(b) Free will and obedience.
(c) Freedom and control.
(d) Freedom and tyranny.

3. As the debate continues, how do Castle and Frazier differ in their views of democracy?
(a) Castle says it is useful, although it has weaknesses; Frazier says its flaws far outweigh its virtues.
(b) Castle says it is necessary while Frazier says it is a fraud.
(c) Castle says it is a perfect system, while Frazier says it's a proven failure.
(d) Castle says it is inevitable while Frazier says it's on the decline.

4. During the Sunday evening debate about behavior control, how does Castle try to demonstrate his own freedom?
(a) He suggests that with freedom, he could decide to drop or hold a book of matches.
(b) He suggests that he could decide whether or not to say another word.
(c) He suggests that he could decide whether or not to light a fire.
(d) He suggests that he could decide whether or not to light a match.

5. What is problematic about Rogers' desire to embrace the Walden Two lifestyle?
(a) It puts him in conflict with his fiancee.
(b) It puts him in conflict with his desire fro financial success.
(c) It will take him away from his family.
(d) It conflicts with his desire for freedom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is ironic about Frazier's stated opposition to political action?

2. What does Burris find when he goes off by himself to investigate whether Walden Two members are happy?

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

4. What is the role of religion in life at Walden Two?

5. In response to Frazier's assertions about keeping young people at Walden Two, Castle indirectly suggests that the practice is like indoctrination. What is the literary device used by the author in Castle's response?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Frazier's response to Castle's question about government and politics ironic?

6. When Frazier, Burris, and Castle take a walk outside and see a group arriving, what information is given about the growth of the community?

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

8. How does the conversation that Burris has with a housewife, on his way back to his room from his investigations, confirm his conclusions about Walden Two's members?

9. When the group sits down to lunch and Castle questions Frazier about government and politics, how does Frazier respond?

10. How does Walden Two relate to government in the wider society, and what has the method accomplished?

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