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Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Schelling say about human desire?
(a) It is torn between irreconcilable desires for different states.
(b) It seeks mathematically-predictable levels of stability.
(c) It changes from childhood to teen years to adulthood.
(d) It is torn within itself and it is split from its own language.

2. What does Schelling say race discrimination can lead to?
(a) Violence.
(b) Harmful segregation.
(c) Economic discrimination.
(d) Race hatred.

3. What part of a heating system does Schelling use as a metaphor for human behavior?
(a) A boiler.
(b) A pipe.
(c) A thermostat.
(d) A heating fan.

4. How does Schelling describe the system of skiers going up a lift and coming down the trails?
(a) As a static system.
(b) As a closed system.
(c) As an open system.
(d) As a transformative system.

5. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?
(a) He studies himself as well as his subject.
(b) He publishes in different journals.
(c) He is involved in the life he is studying.
(d) He uses non-mathematical data.

6. What additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?
(a) People want to watch people arrive.
(b) People want to feel safe in the dark.
(c) People want to be prepared to flee.
(d) People want to be far from the stage.

7. 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) The acceleration principle.
(b) The transcendental relationship.
(c) A direct proportion.
(d) An economic proposition.

8. 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 violent teachers.
(b) The fear of a pop quiz in class.
(c) The fear of being involved.
(d) The fear of being called on stage.

9. What does Schelling say about discrimination?
(a) It is always offensive.
(b) It is not necessarily malicious.
(c) It is a paradox.
(d) It is generally accepted.

10. Schelling says that it is hard to draw the line between "individually motivated" segregation and what?
(a) Religious aversions.
(b) Ethnic aversions.
(c) Institutional or economic discrimination.
(d) Historical discrimination.

11. Under what condition, does Schelling say, would a black person feel more comfortable reading ads in a church bulletin?
(a) If the ads were placed by people of the same denomination.
(b) If the ads specified that race was not an issue.
(c) If the ads asked reasonable prices for goods being sold.
(d) If the ads were placed by black people.

12. What does Schelling say about a bike owner buying a bike for $90 and selling it for $150?
(a) He says that the exchange is consistent with laws of capitalism.
(b) He says that the owner gains a profit of $60.
(c) He says that the owner still has to pay overhead, so the exchange is equal.
(d) He says that the exchange replaces a real bicycle with abstract money.

13. What does Schelling say provides clear evidence of black versus white areas in American cities?
(a) History books.
(b) Maps.
(c) Demography.
(d) First-hand observation.

14. What does Schelling say about economic systems that allow unequal distribution of wealth?
(a) That they are admirable.
(b) That they compel amazement, but not admiration.
(c) That, based on human nature, they are inevitable.
(d) That they are pernicious.

15. What consequence does Schelling say might affect people sitting closer to the stage?
(a) They are will be last to leave.
(b) They can see and hear better.
(c) They are socially outcast.
(d) They are forced to be watched by the others.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling compare to the process of tracking the circulation of money in an economy?

2. What does Schelling say race discrimination is caused by?

3. How does Schelling characterize the individual's relationship with the society?

4. What does Schelling say a proposition has to have in order to be true?

5. How does Schelling say people are segregated?

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