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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. How do the child-rearing practices affect the women of Walden Two?
(a) They are freed from the necessity of being housewives.
(b) They can become professionals.
(c) They can participate more in community life.
(d) They pine for their children.

2. At lunch after their tour of medical facilities, Frazier expresses enthusiasm about Walden two. What is he enthusiastic about?
(a) That Walden Two proves it can exist in the modern world.
(b) That Walden Two has attracted two new members.
(c) That the community is economically viable.
(d) That the community is achieving its purpose.

3. 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 mothers.
(b) To get the perspective of the unemployed.
(c) To get the female perspective.
(d) To get the perspective of a mature, ordinary member of the community.

4. 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 admits to some dictatorial behavior, but says it is necessary for good order.
(c) He avoids a confrontation by ignoring the comments of Burris.
(d) He denies the accusations and attacks Burris.

5. What new kind of control does Frazier add to the Sunday evening debate about behavior control?
(a) Positive conditioning.
(b) Positive reinforcement.
(c) Negative reinforcement.
(d) Negative conditioning.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burris learn from the housewife about how Walden Two finds out if members are happy?

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

3. Which one of the visitors fails to understand why anyone would want to live at Walden Two?

4. What does Burris learn from the housewife that he meets on the way to his room, regarding whether she is happy?

5. How does Frazier explain the low incidence of adultery at Walden Two?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the essence of the conflict between Castle and Frazier about democracy?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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