Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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 social scientists will replace the aspects of a system with in order to understand the system?
(a) Colors.
(b) Pet names.
(c) Numbers.
(d) Mathematical symbols.

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

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

4. What does Schelling call the myriad of potential results?
(a) Irrational exuberance.
(b) Chaos.
(c) Exhaustive subdivision.
(d) Randomness.

5. What does Schelling say social conventions mediate between?
(a) Violence and the threat of punishment.
(b) Individual interest and collective purpose.
(c) Desire and restraint.
(d) Order and chaos.

6. How does Schelling describe daylight savings time?
(a) As a self-enforcing convention.
(b) As a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(c) As a critical mass.
(d) As a self-displacing prophecy.

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

8. What does Schelling say race discrimination is caused by?
(a) False perceptions.
(b) Historical enmity.
(c) Economic inequality.
(d) Past injustices.

9. 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 take his milk to market.
(d) Who will buy his milk.

10. What does Schelling say individual behaviors have in economic analysis?
(a) Statistical insignificance.
(b) Mathematical equality.
(c) Statistical predictability.
(d) Randomness.

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

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

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

14. How many calls does the individual receive, in the aggregate, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) It depends on his personality.
(b) It depends on how many people he knows.
(c) As many as others make.
(d) As many as he makes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say the defines independent variable in a behavioral system?

2. What does Schelling say a doctor administering measles vaccines found, that illustrates the human behavior Schelling is describing?

3. How does Schelling describe the Golden Gate Bridge?

4. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?

5. What fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?

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