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

2. What do the laws visible in the human behavior Schelling describes lead you to expect in other cyclic processes?
(a) Lag time.
(b) Unexpected results.
(c) Hidden variables.
(d) Latent resistances.

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

4. What does Schelling say is the goal of his model for describing segregation?
(a) An end to the tensions between ethnic groups.
(b) An acceptable equilibrium between racial groups.
(c) An equitable division of resources between racial groups.
(d) A preservation of tensions between ethnic groups.

5. What does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?
(a) They are better than average.
(b) They are average.
(c) They are unique.
(d) They are charismatic.

6. What does Schelling say the presence of a small group of black students in a college student body does for any economic propositions about the behavior of that student body?
(a) Introduces non-economic competition.
(b) Introduces randomness.
(c) Introduces uncertainty.
(d) Introduces tension and inequality.

7. Which example does Schelling say complicates the prospect of arriving at a definitive proposition?
(a) A population spread out over a wide geographical area.
(b) A college with an unequal distribution of male and female students.
(c) A commodity whose price is volatile.
(d) A business with a number of different product lines.

8. What additional explanation does Schelling offer for seat selection?
(a) He says it might be a learned process.
(b) He says it might be influenced by the spirits.
(c) He says it might be evidence of a higher intelligence.
(d) He says it might be random.

9. What example does Schelling use as an example of discrimination?
(a) Fish and fowl.
(b) American and European.
(c) Boys and girls.
(d) Individual and mass.

10. What is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?
(a) A theory that explains a preponderance of evidence.
(b) An actual biological or mechanical system that embodies a certain relationship.
(c) A piece of evidence from which an entire system can be deduced.
(d) A dialogue about the nature of the evidence in a certain system.

11. What does Schelling say is important in economics?
(a) Randomness.
(b) Natural laws.
(c) Individual behavior.
(d) Generalizations.

12. What term does Garrett Hardin use to describe people who infringe on others by following their own desires intently?
(a) Commons.
(b) Self-fulfilling prophecy.
(c) Critical mass.
(d) Lemons.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say was seeking equilibrium as America's space industry interacted with the Russians'?

2. What case does Schelling use to illustrate the difficulty of making an economic proposition?

3. What does Schelling say governs each decision?

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

5. What is the first thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?

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