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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. 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) Early arrivals sit in back, then the rest fill from the rear.
(c) Theatres fill randomly.
(d) Theatres fill from the back-middle to the front and then to the back.

2. What does Schelling say a proposition has to have in order to be true?
(a) It has to be able to be translated into an equation.
(b) It has to be inclusive and correct.
(c) It has to be fair and balanced.
(d) It has to be mathematically grounded.

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

4. What does Schelling say the processes of separation, segregation, sharing, and mixing have in common?
(a) Individuals suffer the effects of what is really mass behavior.
(b) Aggregate behaviors influenced by individual decisions.
(c) Many chaotic events assuming order as they are narrated.
(d) Irrational behavior resulting in intelligible trends.

5. 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.

6. What does Schelling say social scientists consider in behavior modeling?
(a) Individual incentives.
(b) Fear of punishment.
(c) Political environment.
(d) The collective unconscious.

7. What does Schelling say about balance in individual cases?
(a) It defines the nature of human beings.
(b) It is a transcendent law.
(c) It is evidence of the collective unconscious.
(d) It does not exist.

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

9. What does Schelling say social scientists hope to describe by characterizing a system?
(a) A mathematical model that accounts for all microbehavior within the phenomenon.
(b) Heuristics with which to judge behavior in nature.
(c) An explanation for other phenomena that fit the same pattern.
(d) Information about the difficulties of modeling social behavior.

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

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

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

13. What ingrained behavior does Schelling say informs the decision where to sit in a theater?
(a) Not to sit next to anyone.
(b) Not to sit in front.
(c) Not to sit in the back.
(d) Not to sit near funny-looking people.

14. What does Schelling call the myriad of potential results?
(a) Chaos.
(b) Irrational exuberance.
(c) Exhaustive subdivision.
(d) Randomness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what condition, does Schelling say, would a black person feel more comfortable reading ads in a church bulletin?

2. How does Schelling describe the Golden Gate Bridge?

3. What does Schelling say individuals react to?

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

5. What part of a heating system does Schelling use as a metaphor for human behavior?

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