Micromotives and Macrobehavior Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

Thomas Schelling
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2: The Inescapable Mathematics of Musical Chairs.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What natural phenomenon does Schelling compare the economy to?
(a) An ocean ecosystem.
(b) A forest.
(c) An ant colony.
(d) Celestial bodies.

2. How do people affect each other's decisions where to sit in theater?
(a) Theatres fill from the back-middle to the front and then to the back.
(b) Theatres fill from the middle to the sides and back.
(c) Early arrivals sit in back, then the rest fill from the rear.
(d) Theatres fill randomly.

3. What does Schelling say a proposition has to have in order to be true?
(a) It has to be able to be translated into an equation.
(b) It has to be inclusive and correct.
(c) It has to be fair and balanced.
(d) It has to be mathematically grounded.

4. What case does Schelling use to illustrate the difficulty of making an economic proposition?
(a) Raising the drinking age.
(b) Lowering the drinking age.
(c) Ending the draft.
(d) Raising the draft age.

5. 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 commonplace act that manifests the unconscious childhood sexual trauma of the individual.
(c) As something common and seemingly thoughtless that is nonetheless informed by subliminal motives.
(d) As a special case that cannot be analyzed using any particular interpretive framework.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Schelling say the number of bikes stolen is almost identical to?

3. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?

4. What does Schelling ultimately say about a decision such as where to sit in a theater?

5. How does Schelling say the success of society is evaluated?

(see the answer key)

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