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. Why have Rogers and Jamnik come to visit Burris at the beginning of the novel?

3. What is the significance of the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?

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

5. What do the visitors learn about Walden Two's method of keeping babies healthy?

Short Essay Questions

1. After breakfast, what do the visitors observe that involves children and babies?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are the deficiencies of Walden Two's system of government?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of Frazier, presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on this character's impact on the events in the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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