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

2. At the group's Sunday breakfast, how does Barbara's behavior affect Frazier?

3. Later in the discussion about failed communal societies, how does Frazier explain their failure?

4. What is problematic about Rogers' desire to embrace the Walden Two lifestyle?

5. As the debate continues, how do Castle and Frazier differ in their views of democracy?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel takes place almost exclusively in one setting - the confines of Walden Two. What are the limitations caused by this single setting, and what techniques does the writer use to overcome such limitations?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

An overriding fact about Walden Two is that its members are a self-selected group because they have all chosen to be there. How does this limit the idea of replicating the principles and practices of the community in the wider society?

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