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. After the dinner at which Burris and Frazier discuss failed communal societies, where do they hear from Frazier about the "Good Life"?

2. According to Frazier, what specific attributes does Walden Two have that will prevent its failure?

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

4. What is the role of the person who is responsible for Walden Two's relationship to government in the wider society?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Frazier justify the emphasis on control at Walden Two?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Castle and Frazier, and comment on the role played by this relationship in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Today's audiences have been fed a steady diet of science fiction through cinema, television, and theater. Discuss the pros and cons of the observation that this diet has reduced the impact of "Walden Two" as an example of this genre.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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