Micromotives and Macrobehavior Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

Thomas Schelling
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3: Thermostats, Lemons, and Other Families of Models.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the heating-system-like aspect of human behavior seek, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Relief from tension.
(b) Perpetual comfort.
(c) An appropriate level.
(d) Emptiness.

2. What fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?
(a) The fear of a pop quiz in class.
(b) The fear of being called on stage.
(c) The fear of violent teachers.
(d) The fear of being involved.

3. What do the laws visible in the human behavior Schelling describes lead you to expect in other cyclic processes?
(a) Hidden variables.
(b) Unexpected results.
(c) Lag time.
(d) Latent resistances.

4. What does Schelling say a doctor administering measles vaccines found, that illustrates the human behavior Schelling is describing?
(a) Once they saw that the vaccine worked, mothers couldn't get enough of it for their children.
(b) When measles began to disappear, mothers would stop having their babies vaccinated, and the disease would come back.
(c) Nothing could convince a certain percentage of the population to get vaccinated.
(d) Arranging to have children vaccinated meant negotiating with the oldest people in the villages.

5. How does the heating system parallel human behavior in Schelling's example?
(a) A trait becomes more and more intense until it expresses itself in heat.
(b) A rising variable alternatively over and under performs.
(c) A voice distributes its energy into the environment around it.
(d) A vessel carries whatever hot or cold air or water runs through it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?

2. What does Schelling say individuals react to?

3. What is the first thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?

4. What does Schelling say about the frequency of pairs?

5. What tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?

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