Walden Two Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

B. F. Skinner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the highest level of community leadership at Walden Two?

2. According to Frazier's explanation, how is the system managed to prevent members from favoring professional work over manual labor?

3. In the discussion about socializing children to develop ethics, what is the first lesson that Frazier describes?

4. What do the visitors learn about Walden Two's method of keeping babies healthy?

5. As the visitors take their first walk around Walden Two, what does Frazier explain to the visitors about the buildings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the result of the discussion about Frazier and the action that Burris takes?

2. What is the narrative perspective of the novel, and why does the author choose it?

3. What explanations does Mrs. Nash give the visitors about bringing up babies at Walden Two?

4. After the visit to the schools, what do the visitors discover about child-bearing practices at Walden Two and the advantages of the approach used?

5. Why does the author expand the group that will visit Walden Two?

6. What is the significance of the sheep that Frazier points out to the group early in their visit?

7. How is work organized at Walden Two?

8. As Castle observes the nursery, what is he concerned about and how is his concern addressed?

9. Why is Frazier responsive to requests for visits from the "failed" outside world to his new society?

10. What three examples does Frazier give of methods used to teach children ethical behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Walden Two's ideas about education are directly related to Skinner's dissatisfaction with the educational practices of his day. How do the principles and practices in Walden Two's educational system address real weaknesses in modern education?

Essay Topic 2

Walden Two is more a debate on ideologies than it is a novel; therefore the author pays no attention to plot, character and themes. Making reference to specific evidence from the novel, discuss this view.

Essay Topic 3

Walden Two was first published in 1948 and revised for a 1967 publication. What is the relevance of the ideas and theories espoused in the novel, relevant to modern life?

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