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

2. How does Schelling describe a decision such as choosing a seat in a theater?
(a) As a decision that can be predicted by mathematical laws of possibility.
(b) As a commonplace act that manifests the unconscious childhood sexual trauma of the individual.
(c) As something common and seemingly thoughtless that is nonetheless informed by subliminal motives.
(d) As a special case that cannot be analyzed using any particular interpretive framework.

3. 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.

4. 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) An actual biological or mechanical system that embodies a certain relationship.
(c) A theory that explains a preponderance of evidence.
(d) A dialogue about the nature of the evidence in a certain system.

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

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

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

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

9. What does Schelling say the number of bikes stolen is almost identical to?
(a) The number of bikes not reported stolen.
(b) The number of bikes reported stolen.
(c) One third of the number of bikes bought new.
(d) The number of bikes that cannot be fixed each year.

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

11. 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 rising variable alternatively over and under performs.
(c) A voice distributes its energy into the environment around it.
(d) A trait becomes more and more intense until it expresses itself in heat.

12. 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 it is darker there.
(c) Because they want to be able to leave.
(d) Because they are afraid of the front.

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

14. What does Schelling say governs each decision?
(a) Dread and awe.
(b) Longing and fear.
(c) The collective unconscious.
(d) Preferences and goals.

15. What does Schelling say people have a tendency to do?
(a) Hide from unpleasant facts.
(b) Put others down.
(c) Put themselves in good positions.
(d) Be honest.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say is important in economics?

2. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?

3. How does Schelling say the success of society is evaluated?

4. In Schelling's analysis, what behavior governs the people filling the theater?

5. Which example does Schelling say complicates the prospect of arriving at a definitive proposition?

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