Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Final 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 about offspring?
(a) They will probably look like their fathers.
(b) They will probably look like their maternal grandfathers.
(c) They will probably look like their paternal grandmothers.
(d) They will probably look like their mothers.

2. Who was the American president who ordered the bomb to be dropped?
(a) Truman.
(b) Kennedy.
(c) Eisenhower.
(d) Roosevelt.

3. What assumption does Schelling make about people's feelings about nuclear weapons?
(a) People universally need them as deterrents.
(b) People are tormented about loving and loathing them.
(c) People universally abhor them.
(d) People universally see them as humanity's salvation.

4. What process does Schelling imagine parents choosing to undergo, in his hypothetical example?
(a) Immunization.
(b) Chromosome selection.
(c) Clairvoyance.
(d) Community planning.

5. What has to happen before hockey players will accept the requirement to wear helmets, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) A famous player has to be injured.
(b) Fans need to want a safer game.
(c) Flattering helmets need to be designed.
(d) Helmets need to be tested and proved.

6. What does Schelling say about the results of segregation and integration models?
(a) They can be deceptive.
(b) They are interesting.
(c) They are occasionally statistically useful.
(d) They have gravitas.

7. What is an example of a prediction which Schelling says closed system modeling cannot make?
(a) People will not settle in one place, but they will keep searching for places that meet different needs.
(b) People who don't like dogs don't necessarily dislike dog owners.
(c) People who want to live with people of the same race generally like their neighbors.
(d) People who want to live near family will act on other preferences, like not living near shopping malls.

8. What is Schelling's tone in his discussion of nuclear weapons?
(a) Blasé.
(b) Terrified.
(c) Awe-inspiring.
(d) Outraged.

9. How can one gather information about the choice of the majority, in Schelling's example?
(a) By polling.
(b) By observation.
(c) By statistical analysis.
(d) By detailed research.

10. What does Schelling say is the importance of segregation and integration models?
(a) They provide the tools for influencing population distribution
(b) They are useful in certain mathematical applications.
(c) They help us build conceptual models of more complex behavior like dating and marriage.
(d) They identify an important phenomenon.

11. How is genetic modification different from eugenics?
(a) They are effectively the same.
(b) Genetic modification theories have already led to ethnic cleansing.
(c) Eugenics allows for selection of more minute traits.
(d) Genetic modification is more subtle.

12. Why does Schelling say hockey players resist wearing helmets, when they already know they are safer?
(a) They resist the hockey leagues' authority.
(b) They didn't wear helmets when they learned to play as kids.
(c) Helmets are cumbersome.
(d) Vanity.

13. What does Schelling say about an equilibrium division of the population?
(a) It will not produce optimal results.
(b) It will give us a working model of social mobility
(c) It will give us a working model of emigration.
(d) It will not give us a working model of emigration.

14. What is the central issue in the case Schelling presents regarding hockey helmets?
(a) How many people make the choice.
(b) The reasonableness of the decision.
(c) The validity of safety statistics.
(d) The authority of the league.

15. How does Schelling say chromosomal modification might be useful?
(a) It could limit the number of still births.
(b) It could screen out pathologies.
(c) It could reduce the number of undesirables in a culture.
(d) It could reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say the segregation/integration model identify in addition to population concerns?

2. What does Schelling say might disappear if parents had the ability to choose their children's traits?

3. How does Schelling arrive at the number of genetic possibilities in two people's offspring?

4. How does Schelling account for people's decision to join the majority or follow their own path?

5. What does it mean if the median age is 45 in an open model?

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