Micromotives and Macrobehavior Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

Thomas Schelling
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5: Sorting and Mixing: Age and Income.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does Schelling say social behavior can be considered a critical mass?
(a) When the number of people exhibiting behavior is the most important factor.
(b) When the behavior has to do with things sold by the pound.
(c) When the behavior matches with models that were based in the physics of nuclear fission.
(d) When social criticism is essential to defining the problem.

2. What does Schelling say you must know in order to understand what segregation might result from choice?
(a) The influence of the media.
(b) The personalities of each group's leaders.
(c) The local political environment.
(d) Incentives behind the behavior.

3. How does Schelling describe a decision such as choosing a seat in a theater?
(a) As a decision that can be predicted by mathematical laws of possibility.
(b) As a special case that cannot be analyzed using any particular interpretive framework.
(c) As a commonplace act that manifests the unconscious childhood sexual trauma of the individual.
(d) As something common and seemingly thoughtless that is nonetheless informed by subliminal motives.

4. What tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?
(a) Computer architecture.
(b) Math.
(c) Metaphors.
(d) Graphic designs.

5. What does Schelling say the "open model" represent?
(a) A model for mobility.
(b) A population model for gated communities.
(c) An even age distribution.
(d) A history of America.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Schelling compare a sociologist?

2. What does Schelling say is the best use of sorting and mixing models?

3. In Schelling's analysis, what behavior governs the people filling the theater?

4. Under what condition would the population not be constrained by a mathematical identity after the youngest ten percent of a population moved away?

5. Schelling says that it is hard to draw the line between "individually motivated" segregation and what?

(see the answer key)

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