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 Hardin based his research on?
(a) People selling cars.
(b) Cows grazing.
(c) Pollution.
(d) Ethnic populations moving into new neighborhoods.

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

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

4. How does Schelling describe the Golden Gate Bridge?
(a) As an open system.
(b) As a closed system.
(c) As a static equilibrium.
(d) As a semi-closed system.

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

6. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?
(a) He is involved in the life he is studying.
(b) He uses non-mathematical data.
(c) He publishes in different journals.
(d) He studies himself as well as his subject.

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

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

9. What does Schelling say individuals react to?
(a) The collective unconscious.
(b) The desire of the mass.
(c) The fear of the mass.
(d) Their own stimuli.

10. What does Schelling call the phenomenon when two independent activities are dependent upon each other in that one is looked to as the other's source of growth?
(a) A direct proportion.
(b) The transcendental relationship.
(c) An economic proposition.
(d) The acceleration principle.

11. How many calls does the individual receive, in the aggregate, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) As many as he makes.
(b) It depends on his personality.
(c) It depends on how many people he knows.
(d) As many as others make.

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

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

14. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?
(a) Taking a friend of another race to dinner.
(b) Driving home the long way to avoid the highway.
(c) Shopping in a store that has fresh produce.
(d) Buying a foreign car because it has good gas mileage.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Schelling compare a sociologist?

2. What does Schelling say about the frequency of pairs?

3. How does Schelling describe the system of skiers going up a lift and coming down the trails?

4. What does Schelling say governs each decision?

5. What ingrained behavior does Schelling say informs the decision where to sit in a theater?

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