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. How are the older children divided into grades at school?

2. Why have Rogers and Jamnik come to visit Burris at the beginning of the novel?

3. What aspect of Walden Two's philosophy is reflected in the gallery of pictures which Burris stops to admire on the way to their first tea?

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

5. What event does Burris find listed on a bulletin board?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why have Steve and Rogers come to visit Burris?

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

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

4. What are the deficiencies of Walden Two's system of government?

5. What aspects of Walden Two's practices do the visitors observe at dinner?

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

7. What is the philosophy of Walden Two about leisure?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of the themes in Walden Two is individual freedom versus social engineering and behavior control. Discuss in detail the instances in which this theme is revealed in the play, and comment on the extent to which it reflects a major concern in today's mainstream society.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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