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 is the result if aggregate behavior results from a small number of variables?
(a) Certainty.
(b) Conflict.
(c) Doubt.
(d) Faith.

2. What does Schelling say race discrimination can lead to?
(a) Economic discrimination.
(b) Violence.
(c) Harmful segregation.
(d) Race hatred.

3. What does Schelling say the "tipping" critical-mass model first described?
(a) The boom-bust cycle in economics.
(b) Political change.
(c) New ethnicities moving into neighborhoods.
(d) Dust being drizzles onto scales.

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

8. What part of a heating system does Schelling use as a metaphor for human behavior?
(a) A boiler.
(b) A thermostat.
(c) A heating fan.
(d) A pipe.

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

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

11. What do the laws visible in the human behavior Schelling describes lead you to expect in other cyclic processes?
(a) Latent resistances.
(b) Hidden variables.
(c) Lag time.
(d) Unexpected results.

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

13. 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 are admirable.
(c) That they compel amazement, but not admiration.
(d) That they are pernicious.

14. 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 replaces a real bicycle with abstract money.
(c) He says that the exchange is consistent with laws of capitalism.
(d) He says that the owner gains a profit of $60.

15. What example does Schelling use as an example of discrimination?
(a) Fish and fowl.
(b) Individual and mass.
(c) Boys and girls.
(d) American and European.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Schelling describe daylight savings time?

2. What name does Schelling give to the effect people have on each other's behavior?

3. Schelling says that it is hard to draw the line between "individually motivated" segregation and what?

4. How does Schelling describe a critical-mass behavior?

5. Why can the Golden Gate Bridge charge a double toll for traffic in one direction without fear of being unfair?

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