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. According to Frazier's explanation, what is one of the most important expected outcomes of Walden Two's approach to organizing work?

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

3. What aspect of Walden Two's philosophy is reflected in the gallery of pictures which Burris stops to admire on the way to their first tea?

4. What is the highest level of community leadership at Walden Two?

5. Early in their tour of Walden Two, the visitors learn that children do not eat with adults in the main dining room until a certain age. What age is this?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Burris finally resolve his feelings about Walden Two?

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

3. What aspects of Walden Two's practices do the visitors observe at dinner?

4. What is Frazier's response when Castle questions his belief in democracy?

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

6. How does Castle seek to prove his point about personal freedom, and with what result?

7. After hearing extensive reports from Frazier about the members of Walden Two, what does Burris decide to do?

8. Although Frazier disagrees, does Castle imply that there is indoctrination of young people at Walden Two?

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

10. According to Frazier's explanation on the roof, what is the "Good Life"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Burris, Frazier, and Castle are the major players in the story but there are important minor characters. Discuss the role of any three minor characters in the novel.

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

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Walden Two's approaches to marriage, child-bearing, child-rearing, and relationships between the sexes.

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