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. During their first discussion, what does Burris decide to do after the men have spoken about Frazier?

2. 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?

3. When Mary exhibits a kind of embroidery stitch to some women, they seem grateful but do not communicate this to her. What is the reason for this?

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

5. What is the figure of speech contained in the name of the passageway where the visitors first have tea?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. How is work organized at Walden Two?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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