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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 the farmer needs to know?
(a) How much milk his cows are giving.
(b) How much it will cost the driver to take his milk to market.
(c) Who will buy his milk.
(d) Who will take his milk to market.

2. What does Schelling say the processes of separation, segregation, sharing, and mixing have in common?
(a) Aggregate behaviors influenced by individual decisions.
(b) Many chaotic events assuming order as they are narrated.
(c) Irrational behavior resulting in intelligible trends.
(d) Individuals suffer the effects of what is really mass behavior.

3. What does Schelling say the number of bikes stolen is almost identical to?
(a) The number of bikes not reported stolen.
(b) The number of bikes that cannot be fixed each year.
(c) One third of the number of bikes bought new.
(d) The number of bikes reported stolen.

4. How does Schelling characterize the individual's relationship with the society?
(a) He strives for a full understanding of every part.
(b) He tends to specialize, and not to see the influences that drive him.
(c) He does not need to know how it works, he only has to perform his part.
(d) He tends to organize with others in his similar situation.

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

6. 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) Nothing could convince a certain percentage of the population to get vaccinated.
(c) When measles began to disappear, mothers would stop having their babies vaccinated, and the disease would come back.
(d) Arranging to have children vaccinated meant negotiating with the oldest people in the villages.

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

8. What does Schelling say about Christmas cards?
(a) They do not follow any laws of distribution.
(b) Sometimes they are sent out of guilt.
(c) There is generally a balance between how many each person receives.
(d) They make a map of social relations.

9. What else does Schelling say social scientists consider in behavior modeling?
(a) Ethnic conflicts.
(b) Collective results.
(c) Philosophical preferences.
(d) Religious history.

10. What does Schelling say the defines independent variable in a behavioral system?
(a) The sum of the dependent variables.
(b) The sum of the independent variables in linked systems.
(c) The imp of the perverse.
(d) The sum of the dependent variables in parallel systems.

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

12. What does Schelling say is the result if aggregate behavior results from a small number of variables?
(a) Faith.
(b) Certainty.
(c) Conflict.
(d) Doubt.

13. What does Schelling say individuals react to?
(a) The desire of the mass.
(b) The fear of the mass.
(c) The collective unconscious.
(d) Their own stimuli.

14. What does Schelling say about discrimination as a reason for segregation?
(a) Some reasons transcend discrimination.
(b) Discrimination only produces segregation where there is a critical mass.
(c) Segregation is actually a conglomeration of other unconscious motives.
(d) Segregation is a healthy expression of discrimination.

15. Why might segregation result without discrimination?
(a) Areas might be historically aligned with one group or another.
(b) A city might have built housing for foreign refugees of war or famine.
(c) Either of two groups might want to be the majority in an area.
(d) Areas might have been populated during successive waves of immigration.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say about a bike owner buying a bike for $90 and selling it for $150?

2. How does Schelling explain blacks and whites being excluded from each other's churches?

3. What does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?

4. What name does Schelling give to the effect people have on each other's behavior?

5. How does Schelling describe the system of skiers going up a lift and coming down the trails?

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