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 of behavior theory, what two contradictory forces occur simultaneously when it is applied?

2. As Burris investigates the happiness of Walden Two members, what complaint does he overhear?

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

4. What new kind of control does Frazier add to the Sunday evening debate about behavior control?

5. Later in the discussion about failed communal societies, how does Frazier explain their failure?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of Frazier, presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on this character's impact on the events in the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Walden Two is more a debate on ideologies than it is a novel; therefore the author pays no attention to plot, character and themes. Making reference to specific evidence from the novel, discuss this view.

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