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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 tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?
(a) Metaphors.
(b) Math.
(c) Computer architecture.
(d) Graphic designs.

2. What does Schelling ultimately say about a decision such as where to sit in a theater?
(a) It is neither meaningful nor memorable.
(b) It is not predictable but it nonetheless follows a pattern.
(c) It is neither superficial nor thoughtless.
(d) It is a common decision that people make the same way depending on where they are in the crowd.

3. 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 tension and inequality.
(c) Introduces uncertainty.
(d) Introduces randomness.

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

5. What does Schelling say is the key to predicting whether there will be a critical mass?
(a) Modeling the undesirability of the decision being weighed.
(b) Articulating the fears that surround the decision in the collective unconscious.
(c) Defining the number that will constitute the critical mass.
(d) Knowing why people delay their decisions.

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

7. What example from nature does Schelling contrapose to human decisions?
(a) Photosynthesis.
(b) Instinct.
(c) Gravity.
(d) Evolution.

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

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

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

11. What does Schelling say is the term for a situation where two people hurt themselves and each other by making self-interested decisions?
(a) The tipping-point/critical-mass model.
(b) The lemon model.
(c) The Spanish prisoner.
(d) Prisoner's dilemma.

12. What natural phenomenon does Schelling compare the economy to?
(a) Celestial bodies.
(b) A forest.
(c) An ant colony.
(d) An ocean ecosystem.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say you must know in order to understand what segregation might result from choice?

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?

3. What does Schelling compare to the process of tracking the circulation of money in an economy?

4. How does Schelling describe a critical-mass behavior?

5. What does Schelling say governs each decision?

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