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Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Schelling say the success of society is evaluated?
(a) In the success of the leaders and superior individuals.
(b) In the health and success of individuals.
(c) In the welfare of the least successful individuals.
(d) On the aggregate, not the individual level.

2. What does Schelling say social conventions mediate between?
(a) Order and chaos.
(b) Individual interest and collective purpose.
(c) Violence and the threat of punishment.
(d) Desire and restraint.

3. How does Schelling describe the system of skiers going up a lift and coming down the trails?
(a) As a transformative system.
(b) As a closed system.
(c) As a static system.
(d) As an open system.

4. What does Schelling say about balance in individual cases?
(a) It is evidence of the collective unconscious.
(b) It is a transcendent law.
(c) It defines the nature of human beings.
(d) It does not exist.

5. What consequence does Schelling say might affect people sitting closer to the stage?
(a) They are forced to be watched by the others.
(b) They can see and hear better.
(c) They are socially outcast.
(d) They are will be last to leave.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say individual behaviors have in economic analysis?

2. What additional explanation does Schelling offer for seat selection?

3. Which example does Schelling say complicates the prospect of arriving at a definitive proposition?

4. How many calls does the individual receive, in the aggregate, in Schelling's analysis?

5. What does Schelling say people feel in a "bounded-neighborhood" model?

Short Essay Questions

1. What issues does Schelling describe surrounding the question of raising the draft age in the U.S.?

2. How do economic systems resemble ant colonies, in Schelling's analysis?

3. What aspect of the history of nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

4. What is the behavioral model that would make arms reduction a self-fulfilling prophecy?

5. How does Schelling say technology has changed the number of genetic outcomes that can result when a man and a woman conceive?

6. What methodological difficulty does Schelling see in a college where the population is 75% female, with a handful of black students?

7. What hope does Schelling have for the future of nuclear weapons?

8. How does Schelling define equilibrium?

9. What is the key factor in the critical-mass model?

10. What are discrete variables and continuous variables?

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