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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 would be the consequence of a culture preferring male children?
(a) Shortage of wives.
(b) Shortage of soldiers.
(c) Influx of immigrants.
(d) Shortage of workers.
2. What does Schelling say the simplest model of a closed system with a density enhancement contains?
(a) Population numbers and historical date.
(b) Population numbers and individual preferences.
(c) Future forecasting predictions.
(d) Micropopulation numbers and statistical projections.
3. What does Schelling say would be the result of his hypothetical case?
(a) He says that the outcome would depend on the sample size.
(b) He says that it would be impossible to know what would happen.
(c) He says that there would likely be larger communities in some cultures.
(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.
4. What does Schelling say would be the downside to chromosomal modification?
(a) The concept of human-ness might be diminished.
(b) Unforeseen medical problems might emerge.
(c) Parents would feel pressure to compete by giving their children the modification.
(d) People could argue that traits result more from nurture.
5. How does Schelling say chromosomal modification might be useful?
(a) It could reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.
(b) It could screen out pathologies.
(c) It could limit the number of still births.
(d) It could reduce the number of undesirables in a culture.
6. Under what condition would the population not be constrained by a mathematical identity after the youngest ten percent of a population moved away?
(a) The people would still have to live within a reasonable distance.
(b) The remaining people would have to fill in the work the youngest people had done.
(c) The young people would not be able to come back for visits.
(d) The remaining people would have to be the same age.
7. How many distinct sperm does Schelling say a man can produce?
(a) 1 million.
(b) 4 million.
(d) 8 million.
8. What does Schelling say the government might do to correct the imbalance of male and female babies?
(a) Punish parents with too many boys.
(b) Offer tax incentives.
(c) Teach female children to read and write.
(d) Offer incentives for immigrants with female children.
9. What vocabulary does Schelling use for "going along with the crowd"?
(a) The democratic process.
(b) Joining a self-restraining coalition.
(c) Doing one's own thing.
(d) Joining the decision of the majority.
10. What can a closed system with a density enhancement include, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Morality and ethics.
(b) Age, income and marital status.
(c) Ethnicity, mobility and community.
(d) Heritage and culture.
11. 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.
12. Where do social scientists chart binary choices?
(a) In spreadsheets.
(b) In statistical analyses.
(c) In articles.
(d) In schematics.
13. In what war did Truman's successor have to decide whether to drop the bomb?
(a) The Korean War.
(c) The Greek Civil War.
(d) The Falklands conflict.
14. How does Schelling predict nations will behave with regard to nuclear arms control?
(a) If arms are limited, other weapons will experience arms races.
(b) If one leads the others will follow.
(c) If one decides to limit arms, the price of arms will go up.
(d) If there are terrorists anywhere in the world, nations will still maintain nuclear arsenals.
15. What has to happen before hockey players will accept the requirement to wear helmets, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Helmets need to be tested and proved.
(b) A famous player has to be injured.
(c) Fans need to want a safer game.
(d) Flattering helmets need to be designed.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Schelling say might be a demographic consequence of parents choosing their children's traits?
2. What does Schelling say about arms control?
3. What does Schelling say is the goal of a binary choice model?
4. What does Schelling say about offspring?
5. What example does Schelling use to explain the closed system with a density enhancement?
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