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

2. What does Schelling say is the goal of his model for describing segregation?
(a) An end to the tensions between ethnic groups.
(b) An acceptable equilibrium between racial groups.
(c) A preservation of tensions between ethnic groups.
(d) An equitable division of resources between racial groups.

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

4. What does Schelling say the defines independent variable in a behavioral system?
(a) The imp of the perverse.
(b) The sum of the dependent variables in parallel systems.
(c) The sum of the independent variables in linked systems.
(d) The sum of the dependent variables.

5. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?
(a) Who will take his milk to market.
(b) How much milk his cows are giving.
(c) Who will buy his milk.
(d) How much it will cost the driver to take his milk to market.

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

7. What does Schelling say about a bike owner buying a bike for $90 and selling it for $150?
(a) He says that the owner still has to pay overhead, so the exchange is equal.
(b) He says that the exchange is consistent with laws of capitalism.
(c) He says that the owner gains a profit of $60.
(d) He says that the exchange replaces a real bicycle with abstract money.

8. Schelling says that it is hard to draw the line between "individually motivated" segregation and what?
(a) Ethnic aversions.
(b) Historical discrimination.
(c) Institutional or economic discrimination.
(d) Religious aversions.

9. How does the heating system parallel human behavior in Schelling's example?
(a) A voice distributes its energy into the environment around it.
(b) A rising variable alternatively over and under performs.
(c) A trait becomes more and more intense until it expresses itself in heat.
(d) A vessel carries whatever hot or cold air or water runs through it.

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

11. What does Schelling say has to be closely attended to, in economic analysis?
(a) Definition of terms.
(b) Economists' desire for certain outcomes.
(c) Rhetoric of equality.
(d) The invisible hand of the market.

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

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

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

15. What does Schelling say is the term for a situation where two people hurt themselves and each other by making self-interested decisions?
(a) The tipping-point/critical-mass model.
(b) The Spanish prisoner.
(c) The lemon model.
(d) Prisoner's dilemma.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say is essential to economic analysis?

2. What does Schelling say about Christmas cards?

3. What does Schelling say about human desire?

4. 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?

5. How many calls does the individual receive, in the aggregate, in Schelling's analysis?

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