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. Why does Frazier invite the men to visit Walden Two?

2. Who else is invited to join the three men as they plan their visit to Walden Two?

3. After they visit the school, Frazier discusses the advantages of the education system with the visitors. To what three features does Frazier attribute the system's efficiency?

4. What is the profession of Burris?

5. What is the most advanced exercise for children to learn ethics?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the main features of government and administration at Walden Two.

2. How does Burris convey his interest in the ideas of Steve and Rogers?

3. What evidence is there at Walden Two regarding Frazier's idea of a flourishing artistic environment?

4. What advertising practices does Walden Two observe?

5. What does the conversation about jealousy give Frazier the opportunity to do, and how do Barbara and Castle respond?

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

7. After a tour of the dairy, what two traditions of Walden Two do the visitors observe?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though Frazier's role as pioneer and leader of Walden Two is beyond question, he is presented throughout the story as an unappealing person. Write an argument in support of this view and suggest reasons why you think the author portrays him in this way.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the view that Walden Two is a vehicle through which Skinner destroys rather than vindicates the validity of alternative or Utopian communities.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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