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

2. What does Schelling say would be the result of his hypothetical case?
(a) He says that it would be impossible to know what would happen.
(b) He says that there would likely be larger communities in some cultures.
(c) He says that the outcome would depend on the sample size.
(d) He says that there would likely be smaller communities in some cultures. He says that there would likely be larger communities in some cultures.

3. What is a binary choice?
(a) A lose-lose situation.
(b) A question of which thing of two things goes first.
(c) An either/or situation.
(d) A paradox.

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

5. What can a closed system with a density enhancement include, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Ethnicity, mobility and community.
(b) Morality and ethics.
(c) Age, income and marital status.
(d) Heritage and culture.

6. What vocabulary does Schelling use for "going along with the crowd"?
(a) Doing one's own thing.
(b) The democratic process.
(c) Joining the decision of the majority.
(d) Joining a self-restraining coalition.

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

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

9. What do hockey players fear in regard to the issue of wearing helmets, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Fear of serious injury.
(b) Fear of inhibiting performance.
(c) Fear of seeming submissive to the league.
(d) Fear of ridicule.

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

11. What does Schelling say can be included in closed models?
(a) Predictions.
(b) Alternate preferences.
(c) Longevity predictions.
(d) Age.

12. What does Schelling say would a density enhancement add to a closed model? Improved distribution modeling. Room for more factors to be included. Relief from certain mathematical constraints.
(a) Predictive accuracy.
(b) Relief from certain mathematical constraints.
(c) Improved distribution modeling.
(d) Room for more factors to be included.

13. What does Schelling say are discrete variables?
(a) Sex, race and religion.
(b) Education, certifications and career.
(c) Height, weight and eye color.
(d) History, ethnicity and tradition.

14. What model of human behavior does Schelling say arms control follows?
(a) Commons model.
(b) The herding instinct.
(c) Binary choice model.
(d) Critical-mass model.

15. What does Schelling say is the goal of a binary choice model?
(a) To expand the possibilities.
(b) To accurately characterize the influential factors.
(c) To reach equilibrium.
(d) To limit the possibilities.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the success of a binary choice model depend on, in Schelling's analysis?

2. What was the status of nuclear weapons under Kennedy and Johnson?

3. In what war did Truman's successor have to decide whether to drop the bomb?

4. What does Schelling say would be the result of chromosomal selection that allowed parents to select for high-IQ children?

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

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