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, how do the child-rearing practices affect the development of the children?

2. Later in the evening after Burris' investigation, who do Burris, Frazier, and Castle observe?

3. 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?

4. How does Frazier respond to Castle's proposal to demonstrate his freedom?

5. When the group's Sunday afternoon is canceled due to rain, what do Steve and Barbara do instead?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. Although Frazier disagrees, does Castle imply that there is indoctrination of young people at 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. According to Frazier's explanation on the roof, what is the "Good Life"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss in detail, the evolution of Burris' ideas about Frazier and Walden Two. Comment on whether his decision to return to Walden Two is a credible end to the story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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