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. 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?

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

3. How does Frazier explain the low incidence of adultery at Walden Two?

4. As Burris returns to his room and meets a housewife nearby, what does he find out from her about Frazier?

5. During the Sunday evening debate about behavior control, how does Castle try to demonstrate his own freedom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Although Frazier disagrees, does Castle imply that there is indoctrination of young people at Walden Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main purpose of Walden Two is the expression of the author's scientific theories about the science of behavior and how it should be used to manage societies. To what extent is this purpose accomplished?

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

Walden Two was first published in 1948 and revised for a 1967 publication. What is the relevance of the ideas and theories espoused in the novel, relevant to modern life?

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