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 example from human psychology does Schelling contrapose to conscious choice?
(a) Parasympathetic behavior.
(b) Hunger.
(c) Instinct.
(d) Dread and awe.

2. What does Schelling say people feel in a "bounded-neighborhood" model?
(a) Trapped among people similar to themselves.
(b) Happy if they are the vast majority.
(c) Apprehensive about the future if there is a chance that other ethnicities might take over.
(d) Happy if members of another race do not outnumber them.

3. What does the heating-system-like aspect of human behavior seek, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Emptiness.
(b) Perpetual comfort.
(c) An appropriate level.
(d) Relief from tension.

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?
(a) An economic proposition.
(b) The acceleration principle.
(c) The transcendental relationship.
(d) A direct proportion.

5. What consequence does Schelling say might affect people sitting closer to the stage?
(a) They are will be last to leave.
(b) They are socially outcast.
(c) They can see and hear better.
(d) They are forced to be watched by the others.

6. What does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?
(a) They are better than average.
(b) They are average.
(c) They are charismatic.
(d) They are unique.

7. What does Schelling use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?
(a) Randomness.
(b) Group dynamics.
(c) Spatial distribution.
(d) Economic theories of entertainment.

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

9. 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.

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

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

12. How does Schelling characterize the individual's relationship with the society?
(a) He does not need to know how it works, he only has to perform his part.
(b) He strives for a full understanding of every part.
(c) He tends to specialize, and not to see the influences that drive him.
(d) He tends to organize with others in his similar situation.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say individual behaviors have in economic analysis?

2. What does Schelling say was seeking equilibrium as America's space industry interacted with the Russians'?

3. What does Schelling say constrains the social scientist's model for race segregation?

4. When does Schelling say social behavior can be considered a critical mass?

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

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