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 does Frazier believe is the cause of Burris' reluctance to embrace the lifestyle of Walden Two?

2. Following the discussion of marriage and child-bearing, what view of the modern world does Frazier use to justify some of the family-oriented practices at Walden Two?

3. What does Burris find when he goes off by himself to investigate whether Walden Two members are happy?

4. What is the role of religion in life at Walden Two?

5. What does Burris learn from the housewife that he meets on the way to his room, regarding whether she is happy?

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

3. 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?

4. In discussing failed communal societies, what comparisons does Frazier make between them and Walden Two?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the novel, the reader is no wiser as to whether Steve will return to Walden Two. Discuss the forces operating in Steve's conflict and discuss whether the author's failure to resolve this conflict is a strength or weakness in the story line.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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