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 does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?
(a) They are better than average.
(b) They are charismatic.
(c) They are average.
(d) They are unique.

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

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

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

5. How does Schelling describe the system of skiers going up a lift and coming down the trails?
(a) As a transformative system.
(b) As a closed system.
(c) As a static system.
(d) As an open system.

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

7. What does Schelling say about segregation?
(a) Sometimes it is deliberate, but not always.
(b) It is always at least unconsciously deliberate.
(c) It is usually harmless.
(d) It is generally an emotional expression of the collective unconscious.

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

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

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

11. What does Schelling say social scientists will replace the aspects of a system with in order to understand the system?
(a) Pet names.
(b) Mathematical symbols.
(c) Colors.
(d) Numbers.

12. What is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?
(a) A piece of evidence from which an entire system can be deduced.
(b) A theory that explains a preponderance of evidence.
(c) A dialogue about the nature of the evidence in a certain system.
(d) An actual biological or mechanical system that embodies a certain relationship.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Schelling explain blacks and whites being excluded from each other's churches?

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

3. What does Schelling say has to be closely attended to, in economic analysis?

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

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

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