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 the name of Walden Two contain the word Two?

2. In the first discussion between Rogers, Burris, and Jamnik, why is Frazier's name introduced?

3. Who is the first member of Walden Two that Frazier allows the group to meet?

4. Which of the following terms best describes some of the weaknesses that Frazier attributes to the traditional educational system?

5. What part does soup play in one of the lessons that the children must learn in order to internalize ethics?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

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

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

7. How is work organized at Walden Two?

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

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Castle and Frazier, and comment on the role played by this relationship in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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