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 example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?
(a) Taking a friend of another race to dinner.
(b) Shopping in a store that has fresh produce.
(c) Driving home the long way to avoid the highway.
(d) Buying a foreign car because it has good gas mileage.

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

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

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

5. What does Schelling say was seeking equilibrium as America's space industry interacted with the Russians'?
(a) The system of America's military defense industry.
(b) The system of technical knowledge itself.
(c) The system of America's space agencies.
(d) The system of America's universities which produced scientists.

6. What does Schelling say social scientists consider in behavior modeling?
(a) Political environment.
(b) Fear of punishment.
(c) Individual incentives.
(d) The collective unconscious.

7. What does Schelling say about the frequency of pairs?
(a) Pairs are rare in nature but common in society.
(b) Pairs are common if your criteria are simple.
(c) Many phenomena occur in pairs.
(d) Pairs are a human construct.

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

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

10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why might segregation result without discrimination?

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

3. What does Schelling say the measles story is an example of?

4. Which example does Schelling say complicates the prospect of arriving at a definitive proposition?

5. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?

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