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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 about economic systems that allow unequal distribution of wealth?
(a) That they compel amazement, but not admiration.
(b) That they are pernicious.
(c) That, based on human nature, they are inevitable.
(d) That they are admirable.

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

3. When does Schelling say social behavior can be considered a critical mass?
(a) When the behavior matches with models that were based in the physics of nuclear fission.
(b) When the number of people exhibiting behavior is the most important factor.
(c) When social criticism is essential to defining the problem.
(d) When the behavior has to do with things sold by the pound.

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

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

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

7. What does Schelling say a doctor administering measles vaccines found, that illustrates the human behavior Schelling is describing?
(a) Nothing could convince a certain percentage of the population to get vaccinated.
(b) Once they saw that the vaccine worked, mothers couldn't get enough of it for their children.
(c) Arranging to have children vaccinated meant negotiating with the oldest people in the villages.
(d) When measles began to disappear, mothers would stop having their babies vaccinated, and the disease would come back.

8. Under what condition, does Schelling say, would a black person feel more comfortable reading ads in a church bulletin?
(a) If the ads were placed by black people.
(b) If the ads specified that race was not an issue.
(c) If the ads asked reasonable prices for goods being sold.
(d) If the ads were placed by people of the same denomination.

9. 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 uncertainty.
(b) Introduces non-economic competition.
(c) Introduces tension and inequality.
(d) Introduces randomness.

10. What social science does Schelling say sociology resembles?
(a) History.
(b) Paranormal psychology.
(c) Psychology.
(d) Economics.

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

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

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

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

15. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?
(a) He is involved in the life he is studying.
(b) He publishes in different journals.
(c) He uses non-mathematical data.
(d) He studies himself as well as his subject.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Schelling describe discrimination?

2. What additional explanation does Schelling offer for seat selection?

3. How does Schelling say people are segregated?

4. What does Schelling say individuals react to?

5. What does Schelling say about segregation?

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