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 Mrs. Meyerson leave the group during their first visit?

2. What is the point of view in which Walden Two is written?

3. As the first discussion between Burris, Rogers, and Jamnik evolves, what does the reader learn about the attitude of the two younger men regarding their lives?

4. According to Frazier's explanation, what is one of the most important expected outcomes of Walden Two's approach to organizing work?

5. Early in their tour of Walden Two, the visitors learn that children do not eat with adults in the main dining room until a certain age. What age is this?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are the major features of the Walden Two approach to education?

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

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

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

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

10. What are some of the feelings about his work that Burris has while being visited by the two men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Today's audiences have been fed a steady diet of science fiction through cinema, television, and theater. Discuss the pros and cons of the observation that this diet has reduced the impact of "Walden Two" as an example of this genre.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Burris, Frazier, and Castle are the major players in the story but there are important minor characters. Discuss the role of any three minor characters in the novel.

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