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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. What example from human psychology does Schelling contrapose to conscious choice?
(a) Hunger.
(b) Instinct.
(c) Parasympathetic behavior.
(d) Dread and awe.

2. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?
(a) Who will buy his milk.
(b) How much milk his cows are giving.
(c) Who will take his milk to market.
(d) How much it will cost the driver to take his milk to market.

3. What part of a heating system does Schelling use as a metaphor for human behavior?
(a) A pipe.
(b) A boiler.
(c) A heating fan.
(d) A thermostat.

4. How many calls does the individual receive, in the aggregate, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) It depends on how many people he knows.
(b) As many as he makes.
(c) It depends on his personality.
(d) As many as others make.

5. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?
(a) Driving home the long way to avoid the highway.
(b) Shopping in a store that has fresh produce.
(c) Taking a friend of another race to dinner.
(d) Buying a foreign car because it has good gas mileage.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling compare to the process of tracking the circulation of money in an economy?

2. What does Schelling say the processes of separation, segregation, sharing, and mixing have in common?

3. What does Schelling say discrimination is?

4. What does Schelling say about human desire?

5. What does Schelling say is essential to economic analysis?

Short Essay Questions

1. Under what circumstances does Schelling say that chromosomal selection could be beneficial?

2. How is nuclear arms control a self-fulfilling prophecy, in Schelling's analysis/

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

4. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

5. What does Schelling say is the consequence of inadequate analysis of participants in an economic system?

6. In what way does a thermostat mirror the behaviors of many systems, in Schelling's analysis?

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

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

9. What kinds of subliminal factors does Schelling say affect people's decisions of where to sit?

10. What are discrete variables and continuous variables?

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