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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 use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?
(a) Spatial distribution.
(b) Economic theories of entertainment.
(c) Group dynamics.
(d) Randomness.

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

3. What is the first thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?
(a) A hypothetical explanation of individual's motives.
(b) A form of accounting.
(c) A precise statement of a set of relationships.
(d) A flow chart.

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

5. What does Schelling say the measles story is an example of?
(a) A critical-mass process.
(b) A paradoxical process.
(c) A counter-intuitive process.
(d) A public-health process.

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

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

8. Why does Schelling say people tend to sit in the back of a theater?
(a) Because it is darker there.
(b) Because that's where the desirable people sit.
(c) Because they want to be able to leave.
(d) Because they are afraid of the front.

9. What does Schelling say is an atomic pile is an example of?
(a) A lemon model.
(b) A half-life model.
(c) A critical-mass model.
(d) A paradoxical process.

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

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

12. What does Schelling say Hardin based his research on?
(a) Ethnic populations moving into new neighborhoods.
(b) People selling cars.
(c) Pollution.
(d) Cows grazing.

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

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

15. What does the critical mass provide for the individual?
(a) Safety in numbers.
(b) A plausible excuse.
(c) Confidence that he is right.
(d) Deniability.

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 is the key to predicting whether there will be a critical mass?

3. Under what condition, does Schelling say, would a black person feel more comfortable reading ads in a church bulletin?

4. What is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?

5. What does Schelling say about segregation?

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