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. According to Frazier's explanation, what effect has Walden Two's involvement in politics achieved?

2. How is the Code sustained at Walden Two?

3. On the same Sunday evening when Castle and Frazier argue about using a science of behavior to control behavior, how does Frazier justify its necessity?

4. In the argument that takes place when the rain causes Burris, Castle, and Frazier to have an extended discussion, what is the major purpose served by Frazier's arguments?

5. How does Frazier suggest that the growth of Walden Two will affect farmers in the future?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Discuss the view that Walden Two is a vehicle through which Skinner destroys rather than vindicates the validity of alternative or Utopian communities.

Essay Topic 2

Even though Frazier's role as pioneer and leader of Walden Two is beyond question, he is presented throughout the story as an unappealing person. Write an argument in support of this view and suggest reasons why you think the author portrays him in this way.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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