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. As Frazier discusses leisure and boredom, what does he claim about the environment at Walden Two?

2. What is the first significant activity at Walden Two that Frazier points out to the visitors on the first day of their visit?

3. How does Frazier seek to integrate the visitors with the work system at Walden Two?

4. How does the group of visitors manage the first work assignment of window-cleaning?

5. How are new leaders and managers chosen at Walden Two?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When the visitors observe some children going off on a picnic and raise questions about jealousy, what explanations do they receive?

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

4. According to Frazier, what are the benefits of the system for organizing work?

5. What kind of celebration does the group observe after tea on the first day of the visit?

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

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

8. As the visit progresses to the next morning, what tensions emerge among the visitors themselves?

9. After breakfast, what do the visitors observe that involves children and babies?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The novel takes place almost exclusively in one setting - the confines of Walden Two. What are the limitations caused by this single setting, and what techniques does the writer use to overcome such limitations?

Essay Topic 3

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

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