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

2. How does the rearing of Walden Two children up to three-years-old compare with that of babies?

3. What part does soup play in one of the lessons that the children must learn in order to internalize ethics?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. As the novel begins, how does Rogers explain to Burris the need that he and Steve are experiencing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Castle and Frazier, and comment on the role played by this relationship in the novel.

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

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?

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