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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. 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 figurehead.
(b) Of being a Communist.
(c) Of being a tyrant.
(d) Of being a manipulator and despot.

2. In the discussion about Walden Two's future and the possible impact on farmers, what is Frazier's response to Castle's questions about his ideology?
(a) He accepts that he is a Fascist.
(b) He admits he has no belief in democracy, but he denies being a Fascist.
(c) He accepts that he believes in aspects of both.
(d) He avoids answering.

3. 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 participate more in community life.
(c) They pine for their children.
(d) They can become professionals.

4. In the part of the debate when they speak about democracy, what weaknesses of this system does Frazier point out?
(a) Elections are a sham and voters know nothing about the issues.
(b) Elections are a sham and voters know nothing about the issues.
(c) Elections are media campaigns and a single vote doesn't really matter.
(d) Elections are a sham and politicians manipulate voters.

5. Why does Frazier discount the merits of majority vote in the democratic system?
(a) The majority are really the pawns of a few politicians.
(b) The majority can be misguided.
(c) The majority can overturn what is best for society.
(d) The majority can become oppressors of the minority.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Rogers particularly impressed with Walden Two?

2. Later in the evening after Burris' investigation, who do Burris, Frazier, and Castle observe?

3. 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?

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

5. Who is responsible for Walden Two's relationship to government in the wider society?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How do the views of Castle and Frazier about freedom conflict?

7. 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?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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