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. After the observation of the new arrivals, when Burris questions Frazier about the example of an aggressive adolescent, how does Frazier suggest that this would be handled at Walden Two?

2. How do the child-rearing practices affect the women of Walden Two?

3. What does Burris learn from the housewife about how Walden Two finds out if members are happy?

4. At lunch after their tour of medical facilities, Frazier expresses enthusiasm about Walden two. What is he enthusiastic about?

5. After his heavy work stacking wood, when Burris talks with Frazier at dinner about communal societies that have failed, what is Frazier's first response?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Frazier's vision for Walden Two?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Walden Two relate to government in the wider society, and what has the method accomplished?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss in detail, the evolution of Burris' ideas about Frazier and Walden Two. Comment on whether his decision to return to Walden Two is a credible end to the story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Select one of the scenes in which the author involves Castle, Burris, and Frazier in a heated argument. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension, and conflict or its resolution in the novel.

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