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

2. Faced with Castle's challenge about the absence of moral law at Walden Two, what does Frazier display?
(a) He displays pragmatism and a belief that all behavior can be dealt with by experimentation and social engineering.
(b) He displays an intolerance for opposition.
(c) He displays faith in Walden Two's abiity to manage without it.
(d) He displays the willingness to give the matter some thought.

3. How does Frazier suggest that the growth of Walden Two will affect farmers in the future?
(a) Farmers all over the country may be forced off their land to make space for Walden Two.
(b) Farmers will have a ready market for their produce.
(c) Farmers will be integrated with Walden Two communities.
(d) Farmers will want to join Walden Two because of the emphasis on production.

4. According to Frazier, how does Walden Two overcome the weaknesses of democracy?
(a) By having everyone vote in the same way after canvassing their opinions.
(b) By relying on the ombudsman and disallowing dissent.
(c) By leaving government to experts and by emphasizing cooperation and planning.
(d) By relying on the Political Manager and gathering the ideas of members.

5. What does Burris find when he goes off by himself to investigate whether Walden Two members are happy?
(a) He finds that groups are either indifferent or very happy with Walden Two.
(b) Most people appear to be indifferent.
(c) He finds a variety of groups engaged in various ordinary activities.
(d) He finds a group whose members are definitely miserable with life at Walden Two.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the visitors tour the mental and dental facilities, what is evidently the major emphasis in the approach to care?

2. 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?

3. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what complaint does he overhear?

4. As the debate continues, how do Castle and Frazier differ in their views of democracy?

5. After his heavy work stacking wood, when Burris talks with Frazier at dinner about communal societies that have failed, what is Frazier's first response?

Short Essay Questions

1. In discussing failed communal societies, what comparisons does Frazier make between them and Walden Two?

2. What do the motives of Steve and Barbara suggest about the type of persons that Walden Two might attract?

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

4. When Burris and Frazier are alone after rain destroys the group's plan of an afternoon walk, of what does Burris accuse Frazier, and why?

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

6. When Castle and Frazier agree that force or threat of force can control behavior, what additions does Frazier make to the discussion?

7. What is Frazier's response when Castle questions his belief in democracy?

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

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

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

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