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. Based on Frazier's description of the system, which of the following statements best describes a weakness in the way leaders are chosen at Walden Two?

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

3. Why is Mrs. Nash confused when Castle asks about jealousy as he observes some children leaving from a picnic?

4. At the beginning of the novel, where have Rogers and Jamnik been before their visit to Burris?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Are there any disadvantages to eliminating harmful emotions?

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

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

4. Why does the author expand the group that will visit Walden Two?

5. How is work organized at Walden Two?

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

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

8. How does the author humanize Frazier in the description of the birthday party?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including Walden Two in a current high school literature syllabus?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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