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. How many possibilities does Schelling say social scientists have to account for when charting binary choice?
(a) An infinite amount.
(b) Only two.
(c) Eight to sixteen.
(d) Many, but not an infinite amount.

2. 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 seeming submissive to the league.
(c) Fear of ridicule.
(d) Fear of inhibiting performance.

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

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

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

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

7. What does Schelling celebrate in the beginning of the final chapter of Micromotives and Macrobehavior?
(a) That there have not been nuclear attacks since WWII.
(b) That the USSR dissolved.
(c) That nuclear weapons have been curtailed through treaties.
(d) That nuclear testing has not continued.

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

9. Who was the successor to the President who dropped the bomb?
(a) Roosevelt.
(b) Truman.
(c) Kennedy.
(d) Eisenhower.

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

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

12. What does Schelling say about the number of genetic variations that can take place when a man and a woman have a baby?
(a) The number is vast.
(b) The number is limited by the parents' environment.
(c) The number is limited by the parents' social class.
(d) The number is limited by the parents' genes.

13. 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 want to live near family will act on other preferences, like not living near shopping malls.
(c) People who don't like dogs don't necessarily dislike dog owners.
(d) People who want to live with people of the same race generally like their neighbors.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say will be necessary to satisfy people with a closed model?

2. What does Schelling say might be a demographic consequence of parents choosing their children's traits?

3. What assumption does Schelling make about people's feelings about nuclear weapons?

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

5. How does Schelling say chromosomal modification might be useful?

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