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. As the visitors tour the mental and dental facilities, what is evidently the major emphasis in the approach to care?

2. At lunch after the tour of the medical facilities, what aspects of modern society does Castle suggest are needed at Walden Two?

3. Who are the first visitors to decide on joining Walden Two?

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

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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