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 is Schelling's tone in his final chapter?
(a) Pessimistic.
(b) Hopeful.
(c) Critical.
(d) Analytical.

2. What does the success of a binary choice model depend on, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) The reliability of the input.
(b) The range of factors it excludes.
(c) The breadth of the underlying propositions.
(d) The inclusiveness of the model's input.

3. What does Schelling say would be the result of chromosomal selection that allowed parents to select for high-IQ children?
(a) Schools would not have to keep children until sixteen years of age.
(b) The incidence of social problems would increase, since intelligence and maturity are different variables.
(c) The IQ range would yield a higher average IQ.
(d) Parents would not have to work because their children would make more money and support them.

4. What does Schelling say might allow people to select detailed traits of their children?
(a) Chromosome mining.
(b) Radiation therapy.
(c) Hormone therapies.
(d) Genetic mapping.

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

6. What does Schelling say the segregation/integration model identify in addition to population concerns?
(a) Biases.
(b) Crime.
(c) Market trends.
(d) Activity.

7. 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 authority of the league.
(d) The validity of safety statistics.

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

9. How does Schelling account for people's decision to join the majority or follow their own path?
(a) He says that it depends on the reasonableness of the behavior.
(b) Whether to join the majority is not always the most important factor.
(c) He says that to join the majority is hard-wired into people.
(d) He says that people will follow certain individuals, not "the mass."

10. What example does Schelling use to illustrate decisions of the majority that can be known?
(a) Whether people are vaccinated.
(b) Whether people are only children.
(c) How to dress for an office environment.
(d) What language people speak.

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

12. What does Schelling say will be necessary to satisfy people with a closed model?
(a) An arbitray limit on the time period.
(b) An additional regression model.
(c) An imposed division.
(d) A correction for young people.

13. Where do social scientists chart binary choices?
(a) In articles.
(b) In schematics.
(c) In statistical analyses.
(d) In spreadsheets.

14. What example does Schelling use to explain the closed system with a density enhancement?
(a) Distribution for a highway toll system.
(b) Distribution for a nursing home.
(c) Distribution for local co-op market.
(d) Distribution for a university.

15. What does Schelling say might disappear if parents had the ability to choose their children's traits?
(a) Minority cultures.
(b) Languages.
(c) Inequalities.
(d) Undesirable traits.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Schelling say economic models of human behavior consider?

3. What does Schelling say about the results of segregation and integration models?

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

5. What does Schelling ultimately say about choosing the sex of one's baby?

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