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. As the group comes across couples with babies, what views are expressed concerning the best age for marriage and child-bearing?

2. Who is the narrator of Walden Two?

3. At their first dinner, Frazier explains that Walden Two never has crowds. What is the explanation for this?

4. Why does the name of Walden Two contain the word Two?

5. After Burris selects what he wants to do from the bulletin board, what do Mary and Steve decide to do instead?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is work organized at Walden Two?

5. What is the significance of the sheep that Frazier points out to the group early in their visit?

6. As Castle observes the nursery, what is he concerned about and how is his concern addressed?

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

8. After the visit to the schools, what do the visitors discover about child-bearing practices at Walden Two and the advantages of the approach used?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An overriding fact about Walden Two is that its members are a self-selected group because they have all chosen to be there. How does this limit the idea of replicating the principles and practices of the community in the wider society?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the novel, the reader is no wiser as to whether Steve will return to Walden Two. Discuss the forces operating in Steve's conflict and discuss whether the author's failure to resolve this conflict is a strength or weakness in the story line.

Essay Topic 3

Walden Two was first published in 1948 and revised for a 1967 publication. What is the relevance of the ideas and theories espoused in the novel, relevant to modern life?

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