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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) On the aggregate, not the individual level.
(d) In the welfare of the least successful individuals.

2. What does Schelling say the defines independent variable in a behavioral system?
(a) The sum of the dependent variables.
(b) The imp of the perverse.
(c) The sum of the dependent variables in parallel systems.
(d) The sum of the independent variables in linked systems.

3. What ingrained behavior does Schelling say informs the decision where to sit in a theater?
(a) Not to sit near funny-looking people.
(b) Not to sit in the back.
(c) Not to sit next to anyone.
(d) Not to sit in front.

4. What does Schelling say a proposition has to have in order to be true?
(a) It has to be able to be translated into an equation.
(b) It has to be mathematically grounded.
(c) It has to be fair and balanced.
(d) It has to be inclusive and correct.

5. What does Schelling say social scientists hope to describe by characterizing a system?
(a) Heuristics with which to judge behavior in nature.
(b) A mathematical model that accounts for all microbehavior within the phenomenon.
(c) Information about the difficulties of modeling social behavior.
(d) An explanation for other phenomena that fit the same pattern.

Short Answer Questions

1. What natural phenomenon does Schelling compare the economy to?

2. What additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?

3. Why does Schelling say people tend to sit in the back of a theater?

4. What is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?

5. What does Schelling ultimately say about a decision such as where to sit in a theater?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Schelling say is the trigger for the decisions that lead to segregation?

2. What are the nine ways Schelling describes by which propositions can be constrained successfully?

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

4. How does Schelling say human systems differ from natural systems?

5. What natural preference does Schelling say leads to segregation of populations in American cities?

6. In what way does Schelling say that individual and aggregate behavior are different?

7. What is a self-fulfilling prophecy?

8. What is a closed model, in Schelling's analysis?

9. According to Schelling, what is not included in his model of integration and segregation?

10. What is an unconditional preference?

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