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 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) Flattering helmets need to be designed.
(c) Fans need to want a safer game.
(d) Helmets need to be tested and proved.

2. What does Schelling say the simplest model of a closed system with a density enhancement contains?
(a) Population numbers and individual preferences.
(b) Population numbers and historical date.
(c) Micropopulation numbers and statistical projections.
(d) Future forecasting predictions.

3. What aspect of the history of nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?
(a) Treaties regulating them.
(b) Changing attitudes toward them.
(c) Evolving detonation technology.
(d) Their increasing power.

4. What is an unconditional preference?
(a) A preference that does not acknowledge other alternatives.
(b) A preference that has to be adopted by all members of a group.
(c) A force of psychological nature.
(d) A preference that does not change regardless of others' actions.

5. How many distinct eggs does Schelling say a woman can produce?
(a) 4 million.
(b) 1 million.
(c) 8 million.
(d) 180,000.

6. What U.S. President decided not to use nuclear weapons in Kuwait?
(a) Ronald Reagan.
(b) George H. W. Bush.
(c) George W. Bush.
(d) Bill Clinton.

7. What does Schelling ultimately say about choosing the sex of one's baby?
(a) It can rationalize human society.
(b) It can give countries competitive advantages.
(c) It can be an economic growth opportunity.
(d) It is better left to nature.

8. What does Schelling say the government might do to correct the imbalance of male and female babies?
(a) Offer incentives for immigrants with female children.
(b) Punish parents with too many boys.
(c) Teach female children to read and write.
(d) Offer tax incentives.

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

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

11. What does Schelling say about binary choices?
(a) Sometimes they are paradoxes.
(b) They are like life or death decisions.
(c) Everyone faces them at some point.
(d) They are the building blocks of economic modeling.

12. What does Schelling say about arms control?
(a) Is it self-assured destruction.
(b) It is a self-fulfilling process.
(c) It is a unilateral vulnerability.
(d) It is a self-defeating process.

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

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

15. What does Schelling say happens when the youngest ten percent of a population moves?
(a) The population is now considered more distributed.
(b) The average age of the group decreases.
(c) There is a new "youngest" ten percent.
(d) The old people are next to

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the central issue in the case Schelling presents regarding hockey helmets?

2. How many distinct sperm does Schelling say a man can produce?

3. What does Schelling celebrate in the beginning of the final chapter of Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

4. What does Schelling say parents are most concerned with in the case of vaccination?

5. What does Schelling say would be at risk in a culture where parents preferred male children?

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