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 term does Garrett Hardin use to describe people who infringe on others by following their own desires intently?
(a) Critical mass.
(b) Lemons.
(c) Commons.
(d) Self-fulfilling prophecy.

2. What does Schelling say constrains the social scientist's model for race segregation?
(a) Political analysis.
(b) Qualitative analysis.
(c) Historical analysis.
(d) Quantitative analysis.

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

4. What does Schelling say about human desire?
(a) It seeks mathematically-predictable levels of stability.
(b) It is torn between irreconcilable desires for different states.
(c) It changes from childhood to teen years to adulthood.
(d) It is torn within itself and it is split from its own language.

5. What does Schelling say is important in economics?
(a) Individual behavior.
(b) Randomness.
(c) Generalizations.
(d) Natural laws.

6. What fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?
(a) The fear of being called on stage.
(b) The fear of violent teachers.
(c) The fear of a pop quiz in class.
(d) The fear of being involved.

7. How does Schelling say the success of society is evaluated?
(a) In the health and success of individuals.
(b) On the aggregate, not the individual level.
(c) In the welfare of the least successful individuals.
(d) In the success of the leaders and superior individuals.

8. What does Schelling say the measles story is an example of?
(a) A counter-intuitive process.
(b) A public-health process.
(c) A critical-mass process.
(d) A paradoxical process.

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

10. 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 admirable.
(c) That, based on human nature, they are inevitable.
(d) That they are pernicious.

11. What does Schelling say the "tipping" critical-mass model first described?
(a) The boom-bust cycle in economics.
(b) Political change.
(c) New ethnicities moving into neighborhoods.
(d) Dust being drizzles onto scales.

12. How does Schelling explain blacks and whites being excluded from each other's churches?
(a) Reciprocal behavior.
(b) Race hatred.
(c) Jim Crow laws.
(d) Historical guilt.

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

14. 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 America's universities which produced scientists.
(c) The system of technical knowledge itself.
(d) The system of America's space agencies.

15. Why might segregation result without discrimination?
(a) A city might have built housing for foreign refugees of war or famine.
(b) Either of two groups might want to be the majority in an area.
(c) Areas might have been populated during successive waves of immigration.
(d) Areas might be historically aligned with one group or another.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Schelling describe the Golden Gate Bridge?

2. What is the first thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?

3. What additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?

4. What does Schelling say is the goal of his model for describing segregation?

5. What does Schelling say about discrimination as a reason for segregation?

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