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. When questioned by Burris about young people leaving Walden Two, how does Frazier respond?

2. When the visitors have almost completed their window washing, what is the next assignment for Rogers, Steve, and Burris?

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

4. After the dinner at which Burris and Frazier discuss failed communal societies, where do they hear from Frazier about the "Good Life"?

5. What is the role of the person who is responsible for Walden Two's relationship to government in the wider society?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Burris and Frazier are alone after rain destroys the group's plan of an afternoon walk, of what does Burris accuse Frazier, and why?

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

3. What is the essence of the conflict between Castle and Frazier about democracy?

4. What conflicting views about life at Walden Two surface for Rogers and Barbara after they have been exposed to some of the practices like education and family life?

5. How does Frazier justify the emphasis on control at Walden Two?

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. What do the motives of Steve and Barbara suggest about the type of persons that Walden Two might attract?

8. When Castle and Frazier agree that force or threat of force can control behavior, what additions does Frazier make to the discussion?

9. When the group sits down to lunch and Castle questions Frazier about government and politics, how does Frazier respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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