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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 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 inevitable while Frazier says it's on the decline.
(c) Castle says it is necessary while Frazier says it is a fraud.
(d) Castle says it is a perfect system, while Frazier says it's a proven failure.

2. What does Burris learn from the housewife that he meets on the way to his room, regarding whether she is happy?
(a) She doesn't seem to think about happiness and seems to take it for granted.
(b) She is happy sometimes.
(c) She is very happy.
(d) She is not happy.

3. When the group's Sunday afternoon walk is canceled due to rain, and Burris finds himself alone with Frazier and Castle, of what does Burris accuse Frazier?
(a) Of being a Communist.
(b) Of being a tyrant.
(c) Of being a manipulator and despot.
(d) Of being a figurehead.

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

5. When questioned by Burris about young people leaving Walden Two, how does Frazier respond?
(a) He says they know they cannot do better elsewhere.
(b) He says they are forbidden to leave.
(c) He says they tell young people all about the world and even give them projects to do about issues in the outside world.
(d) He says they are too happy and productive to want to leave.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Identify the critical features that constitute "the good life", as outline by Frazier.

3. What further clarification does Frazier give to the group about the new kind of behavioral control?

4. Why does the author have Burris discuss matters with the housewife that he meets on the way to his room?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. After they have heard about education and child-rearing, what views about family life does Frazier share with the visitors?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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