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

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

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

4. What is Schelling's tone in his discussion of nuclear weapons?
(a) Terrified.
(b) Awe-inspiring.
(c) Outraged.
(d) Blasé.

5. What discrete variable does Schelling say parents could select for?
(a) Longevity.
(b) Left versus right-handedness.
(c) Bone density.
(d) Size.

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

7. What do hockey players fear in regard to the issue of wearing helmets, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) Fear of ridicule.
(b) Fear of seeming submissive to the league.
(c) Fear of serious injury.
(d) Fear of inhibiting performance.

8. What does Schelling say about arms control?
(a) It is a self-defeating process.
(b) Is it self-assured destruction.
(c) It is a unilateral vulnerability.
(d) It is a self-fulfilling process.

9. What does Schelling say can be included in closed models?
(a) Alternate preferences.
(b) Longevity predictions.
(c) Age.
(d) Predictions.

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

11. What does Schelling say would be the consequence of a culture preferring male children?
(a) Influx of immigrants.
(b) Shortage of workers.
(c) Shortage of soldiers.
(d) Shortage of wives.

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

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

14. What does Schelling say the "open model" represent?
(a) A model for mobility.
(b) An even age distribution.
(c) A history of America.
(d) A population model for gated communities.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say the segregation/integration model identify in addition to population concerns?

2. What does Schelling celebrate in the beginning of the final chapter of Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

3. Who was the American president who ordered the bomb to be dropped?

4. What process does Schelling imagine parents choosing to undergo, in his hypothetical example?

5. What does Schelling say would be at risk in a culture where parents preferred male children?

(see the answer keys)

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