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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 does Schelling describe daylight savings time?
(a) As a critical mass.
(b) As a self-displacing prophecy.
(c) As a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(d) As a self-enforcing convention.

2. 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 between irreconcilable desires for different states.
(d) It is torn within itself and it is split from its own language.

3. What does Schelling compare to the process of tracking the circulation of money in an economy?
(a) The development and use of language.
(b) Rumors circulating.
(c) Musical chairs.
(d) Water's movement from the ocean to clouds to rivers to the ocean.

4. How does Schelling describe discrimination?
(a) As a two-fold distinction.
(b) As the opposite of the free market.
(c) As a court of opinion and rumor.
(d) As an absolute preference.

5. What additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?
(a) People want to be far from the stage.
(b) People want to feel safe in the dark.
(c) People want to watch people arrive.
(d) People want to be prepared to flee.

6. How do people affect each other's decisions where to sit in theater?
(a) Theatres fill randomly.
(b) Early arrivals sit in back, then the rest fill from the rear.
(c) Theatres fill from the back-middle to the front and then to the back.
(d) Theatres fill from the middle to the sides and back.

7. How does Schelling explain blacks and whites being excluded from each other's churches?
(a) Jim Crow laws.
(b) Historical guilt.
(c) Race hatred.
(d) Reciprocal behavior.

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

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

10. What does Schelling say is essential to economic analysis?
(a) Accounting statements.
(b) Income and economic growth.
(c) Profit and loss.
(d) Narrative.

11. To what does Schelling compare a sociologist?
(a) A naturalist.
(b) A musician.
(c) A mathematician.
(d) A forest ranger.

12. What does Schelling say you must know in order to understand what segregation might result from choice?
(a) The personalities of each group's leaders.
(b) The local political environment.
(c) Incentives behind the behavior.
(d) The influence of the media.

13. What does Schelling say about the frequency of pairs?
(a) Many phenomena occur in pairs.
(b) Pairs are a human construct.
(c) Pairs are common if your criteria are simple.
(d) Pairs are rare in nature but common in society.

14. 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.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What social science does Schelling say sociology resembles?

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

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

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

5. What does Schelling say social scientists consider in behavior modeling?

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