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

2. What further explanation does Frazier give about Walden Two's philosophy regarding emotional expression?

3. Whose ideas for a perfect society are reflected in the structure and operations of Walden Two?

4. Which of the following features are included in the systems of work and leadership outlined by Frazier in his description of Walden Two?

5. After dinner, as the visitors settle in the lounge, what does Frazier explain about how members of Walden Two contribute to the community?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the novel begins, how does Rogers explain to Burris the need that he and Steve are experiencing?

2. When the group sits down to lunch and Castle questions Frazier about government and politics, how does Frazier respond?

3. When Frazier, Burris, and Castle take a walk outside and see a group arriving, what information is given about the growth of the community?

4. What is Frazier's vision for Walden Two?

5. What is the literary value of including the incident with sheep near the end of the story?

6. How is work organized at Walden Two?

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

8. How does the conversation that Burris has with a housewife, on his way back to his room from his investigations, confirm his conclusions about Walden Two's members?

9. After hearing extensive reports from Frazier about the members of Walden Two, what does Burris decide to do?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Select one of the scenes in which the author involves Castle, Burris, and Frazier in a heated argument. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension, and conflict or its resolution in the novel.

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

"An attack on traditional society and its cherished institutions". Discuss this assessment of Walden Two.

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