Walden Two Test | Final 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. In response to Frazier's assertions about keeping young people at Walden Two, Castle indirectly suggests that the practice is like indoctrination. What is the literary device used by the author in Castle's response?

2. According to Frazier, what specific attributes does Walden Two have that will prevent its failure?

3. Identify the critical features that constitute "the good life", as outline by Frazier.

4. As Burris returns to his room and meets a housewife nearby, what does he find out from her about Frazier?

5. Why is Rogers particularly impressed with Walden Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Burris tries to ask Frazier about communal societies that have failed in the past, how does Frazier respond?

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

3. How do the views of Castle and Frazier about freedom conflict?

4. How does the conversation that Burris has with a housewife, on his way back to his room from his investigations, confirm his conclusions about Walden Two's members?

5. When Frazier, Burris, and Castle take a walk outside and see a group arriving, what information is given about the growth of the community?

6. While on the roof, how does Frazier counter Castle's claim that life at Walden Two offers no challenge and lacks moral law?

7. As he seeks verification of the happiness of Walden Two's members, what groups does Burris encounter and what does he conclude?

8. After they have heard about education and child-rearing, what views about family life does Frazier share with the visitors?

9. Why is Frazier's response to Castle's question about government and politics ironic?

10. Why are Steve and Mary attracted to joining Walden Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main purpose of Walden Two is the expression of the author's scientific theories about the science of behavior and how it should be used to manage societies. To what extent is this purpose accomplished?

Essay Topic 2

Walden Two's ideas about education are directly related to Skinner's dissatisfaction with the educational practices of his day. How do the principles and practices in Walden Two's educational system address real weaknesses in modern education?

Essay Topic 3

Today's audiences have been fed a steady diet of science fiction through cinema, television, and theater. Discuss the pros and cons of the observation that this diet has reduced the impact of "Walden Two" as an example of this genre.

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