Micromotives and Macrobehavior Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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 Schelling say about balance in individual cases?
(a) It is a transcendent law.
(b) It is evidence of the collective unconscious.
(c) It does not exist.
(d) It defines the nature of human beings.

2. What does Schelling say governs each decision?
(a) Longing and fear.
(b) Preferences and goals.
(c) Dread and awe.
(d) The collective unconscious.

3. What does Schelling call the phenomenon when two independent activities are dependent upon each other in that one is looked to as the other's source of growth?
(a) An economic proposition.
(b) A direct proportion.
(c) The transcendental relationship.
(d) The acceleration principle.

4. What does Schelling say social scientists hope to describe by characterizing a system?
(a) Heuristics with which to judge behavior in nature.
(b) A mathematical model that accounts for all microbehavior within the phenomenon.
(c) Information about the difficulties of modeling social behavior.
(d) An explanation for other phenomena that fit the same pattern.

5. How does Schelling describe a critical-mass behavior?
(a) Something that has to be restarted after a certain interval.
(b) Something that cannot be stopped once it begins.
(c) Something that becomes self-sustaining once a certain number of people start to do it.
(d) Something that can only take place if there is a large audience to watch it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example from human psychology does Schelling contrapose to conscious choice?

2. Which example does Schelling say complicates the prospect of arriving at a definitive proposition?

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

4. What does Schelling call the myriad of potential results?

5. What social science does Schelling say sociology resembles?

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