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 personal attack does Frazier make in response to Castle's observation about Walden Two's lack of politics?

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

3. What is the occupation of the housewife?

4. How does Frazier respond to the accusation from Burris?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. After they have heard about education and child-rearing, what views about family life does Frazier share with the visitors?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Walden Two's ideas about education are directly related to Skinner's dissatisfaction with the educational practices of his day. How do the principles and practices in Walden Two's educational system address real weaknesses in modern education?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Walden Two's approaches to marriage, child-bearing, child-rearing, and relationships between the sexes.

Essay Topic 3

An overriding fact about Walden Two is that its members are a self-selected group because they have all chosen to be there. How does this limit the idea of replicating the principles and practices of the community in the wider society?

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