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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 are discrete variables?
(a) History, ethnicity and tradition.
(b) Education, certifications and career.
(c) Height, weight and eye color.
(d) Sex, race and religion.
2. What does Schelling say would be at risk in a culture where parents preferred male children?
(a) Monogamous marriage.
(d) Cultural traditions.
3. What does Schelling say about an equilibrium division of the population?
(a) It will not produce optimal results.
(b) It will give us a working model of emigration.
(c) It will not give us a working model of emigration.
(d) It will give us a working model of social mobility
4. What does Schelling say is the best use of sorting and mixing models?
(a) Residence or membership.
(b) Marriage and evolution.
(c) Population and food supply.
(d) Free markets.
5. What example does Schelling use to explain the closed system with a density enhancement?
(a) Distribution for a university.
(b) Distribution for a nursing home.
(c) Distribution for a highway toll system.
(d) Distribution for local co-op market.
6. In what war did Truman's successor have to decide whether to drop the bomb?
(a) The Falklands conflict.
(b) The Greek Civil War.
(c) The Korean War.
7. What factor does Schelling use as an example of what motivates adults in their distribution decisions?
(a) Living near people who also have small children.
(b) Living near people of the same age.
(c) Living with people of the same race.
(d) Living near family.
8. What does Schelling say about mathematical identities?
(a) They are constraining.
(b) They are unreliable.
(c) They are discrete.
(d) They are continuous.
9. What does Schelling say would be the result of his hypothetical case?
(a) He says that there would likely be smaller communities in some cultures. He says that there would likely be larger communities in some cultures.
(b) He says that it would be impossible to know what would happen.
(c) He says that the outcome would depend on the sample size.
(d) He says that there would likely be larger communities in some cultures.
10. 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) Whether to join the majority is not always the most important factor.
(d) He says that to join the majority is hard-wired into people.
11. What does Schelling say would be the consequence of a culture preferring male children?
(a) Shortage of wives.
(b) Shortage of workers.
(c) Shortage of soldiers.
(d) Influx of immigrants.
12. What does Schelling say about arms control?
(a) It is a self-defeating process.
(b) It is a self-fulfilling process.
(c) Is it self-assured destruction.
(d) It is a unilateral vulnerability.
13. How does Schelling arrive at the number of genetic possibilities in two people's offspring?
(a) By multiplying the number of possible eggs and the number of possible sperm.
(b) By running the eggs and sperm through polymerase chain reactions.
(c) By dividing the number of possible eggs and the number of possible sperm.
(d) By adding the number of possible eggs and the number of possible sperm.
14. What does Schelling say the "open model" represent?
(a) A model for mobility.
(b) A history of America.
(c) An even age distribution.
(d) A population model for gated communities.
15. What discrete variable does Schelling say parents could select for?
(a) Left versus right-handedness.
(d) Bone density.
Short Answer Questions
1. What vocabulary does Schelling use for "going along with the crowd"?
2. What can a closed system with a density enhancement include, in Schelling's analysis?
3. Where do social scientists chart binary choices?
4. What U.S. President decided not to use nuclear weapons in Kuwait?
5. What does Schelling say might be a demographic consequence of parents choosing their children's traits?
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