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. Whose ideas for a perfect society are reflected in the structure and operations of Walden Two?

2. According to Mrs. Meyerson, what is the reason behind the women's attitude to dress?

3. How does Mrs. Meyerson contribute to the community's cultural activities?

4. What subjects do the older children have to study in school?

5. As Frazier discusses leisure and boredom, what does he claim about the environment at Walden Two?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What advertising practices does Walden Two observe?

5. As the visit progresses to the next morning, what tensions emerge among the visitors themselves?

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

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

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

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

10. How is work organized at Walden Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes in Walden Two is individual freedom versus social engineering and behavior control. Discuss in detail the instances in which this theme is revealed in the play, and comment on the extent to which it reflects a major concern in today's mainstream society.

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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