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. How does Frazier respond to Castle's expression of horror at the practices with the children?

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

3. How does Frazier seek to integrate the visitors with the work system at Walden Two?

4. In the discussion about socializing children to develop ethics, what is the first lesson that Frazier describes?

5. How does the kitchen staff manage the washing and clearing of dishes after dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What three examples does Frazier give of methods used to teach children ethical behavior?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the view that Walden Two is a vehicle through which Skinner destroys rather than vindicates the validity of alternative or Utopian communities.

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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