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 do the visitors who want to join Walden Two have to pass?

2. In the part of the debate when they speak about democracy, what weaknesses of this system does Frazier point out?

3. According to Frazier, how does Walden Two overcome the weaknesses of democracy?

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why are Steve and Mary attracted to joining Walden Two?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select one of the scenes in which the author involves Castle, Burris, and Frazier in a heated argument. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension, and conflict or its resolution in the novel.

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

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including Walden Two in a current high school literature syllabus?

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