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

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

3. How many distinct sperm does Schelling say a man can produce?
(a) 8 million.
(b) 4 million.
(c) 180,000.
(d) 1 million.

4. What does Schelling say are continuous variables?
(a) History, ethnicity and tradition.
(b) Associations, memberships, and career.
(c) Age, income and IQ.
(d) Sex, race and religion.

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

6. Why does Schelling say the U.S. did not have to use nuclear weapons in Kuwait?
(a) They had promised the United Nations not to.
(b) They were bound by treaty not to.
(c) They overwhelmed the Iraqis so easily.
(d) They did not find weapons of mass destruction there.

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

8. What continuous variable does Schelling say parents could select for?
(a) Longevity.
(b) Eyesight.
(c) Eye color.
(d) Left versus right-handedness.

9. What choice does Schelling say eugenics gave parents?
(a) Whether to keep a baby or not.
(b) Whether to emigrate.
(c) Whether to have a left-handed or right-handed baby.
(d) Whether to have a boy or a girl.

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

11. What does Schelling say is the importance of segregation and integration models?
(a) They provide the tools for influencing population distribution
(b) They help us build conceptual models of more complex behavior like dating and marriage.
(c) They identify an important phenomenon.
(d) They are useful in certain mathematical applications.

12. 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.

13. What is an example of a prediction which Schelling says closed system modeling cannot make?
(a) People who don't like dogs don't necessarily dislike dog owners.
(b) People who want to live with people of the same race generally like their neighbors.
(c) People will not settle in one place, but they will keep searching for places that meet different needs.
(d) People who want to live near family will act on other preferences, like not living near shopping malls.

14. What process does Schelling imagine parents choosing to undergo, in his hypothetical example?
(a) Community planning.
(b) Clairvoyance.
(c) Immunization.
(d) Chromosome selection.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say is the goal of a binary choice model?

2. How many distinct eggs does Schelling say a woman can produce?

3. What is an externality?

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

5. What does Schelling say the British argued with the American when he was deciding whether to use the bomb?

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