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

2. 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?

3. When questioned by Burris about young people leaving Walden Two, how does Frazier respond?

4. What does Frazier explain to the group when one asks about how fast Walden Two can take on new members?

5. Why does Frazier believe that Walden Two planners are unlikely to become dictators?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Burris and Frazier are alone after rain destroys the group's plan of an afternoon walk, of what does Burris accuse Frazier, and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The novel takes place almost exclusively in one setting - the confines of Walden Two. What are the limitations caused by this single setting, and what techniques does the writer use to overcome such limitations?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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