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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. What is the major difference between the arguments advanced by Castle and those advanced by Frazier?
(a) Castle's arguments are forceful while Frazier's arguments are weak.
(b) Castle's arguments are pragmatic while Frazier's are idealistic.
(c) Castle's arguments are abstract while Frazier's are concrete and practical.
(d) Castle's arguments are weak while Frazier's arguments are strong.

2. What do the visitors who want to join Walden Two have to pass?
(a) A physical.
(b) Career tests and physicals.
(c) Intelligence and aptitude tests.
(d) Physicals and intelligence tests.

3. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what game does he see some playing?
(a) Chess.
(b) Tennis.
(c) Scrabble.
(d) Football.

4. What views about power does Frazier express in response to Castle's comments?
(a) It is dangerous to freedom.
(b) It corrupts governments.
(c) It is needed to maintain control.
(d) It is a part of leadership at Walden Two.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Frazier's explanation, what effect has Walden Two's involvement in politics achieved?

3. What is problematic about Rogers' desire to embrace the Walden Two lifestyle?

4. When the visitors have almost completed their window washing, what is the next assignment for Rogers, Steve, and Burris?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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