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

2. What is the central issue in the case Schelling presents regarding hockey helmets?
(a) The validity of safety statistics.
(b) How many people make the choice.
(c) The authority of the league.
(d) The reasonableness of the decision.

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

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

5. 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) Room for more factors to be included.
(b) Relief from certain mathematical constraints.
(c) Improved distribution modeling.
(d) Predictive accuracy.

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

7. How does Schelling say family size would be affected by his hypothetical case?
(a) Parents could choose to abort children if they knew they had deformities.
(b) Parents could move to a place where their children had a better chance of survival.
(c) Parents could move to the places where their only children would have the best resources.
(d) Parents could stop having kids when they got the balance of boys and girls they wanted.

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

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

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

11. What is another trait does Schelling say parents might be able to choose?
(a) Historical knowledge.
(b) IQ.
(c) Skin color.
(d) Weight.

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

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

14. In what war did Truman's successor have to decide whether to drop the bomb?
(a) The Greek Civil War.
(b) The Falklands conflict.
(c) Vietnam.
(d) The Korean War.

15. What does Schelling say the government might do to correct the imbalance of male and female babies?
(a) Teach female children to read and write.
(b) Punish parents with too many boys.
(c) Offer incentives for immigrants with female children.
(d) Offer tax incentives.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What can a closed system with a density enhancement include, in Schelling's analysis?

3. What choice does Schelling say eugenics gave parents?

4. What does Schelling say are discrete variables?

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

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