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

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

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

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

5. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?
(a) Who will take his milk to market.
(b) How much it will cost the driver to take his milk to market.
(c) How much milk his cows are giving.
(d) Who will buy his milk.

6. What example from human psychology does Schelling contrapose to conscious choice?
(a) Parasympathetic behavior.
(b) Dread and awe.
(c) Hunger.
(d) Instinct.

7. 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 people of the same denomination.
(b) If the ads asked reasonable prices for goods being sold.
(c) If the ads specified that race was not an issue.
(d) If the ads were placed by black people.

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

9. What does the heating-system-like aspect of human behavior seek, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Relief from tension.
(b) Perpetual comfort.
(c) An appropriate level.
(d) Emptiness.

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

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

12. Schelling says that it is hard to draw the line between "individually motivated" segregation and what?
(a) Religious aversions.
(b) Historical discrimination.
(c) Institutional or economic discrimination.
(d) Ethnic aversions.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?

2. What does Schelling say provides clear evidence of black versus white areas in American cities?

3. To what does Schelling compare a sociologist?

4. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

5. Why can the Golden Gate Bridge charge a double toll for traffic in one direction without fear of being unfair?

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