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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 does Schelling say is important in economics?
(a) Individual behavior.
(b) Generalizations.
(c) Natural laws.
(d) Randomness.

2. To what does Schelling compare a sociologist?
(a) A forest ranger.
(b) A mathematician.
(c) A musician.
(d) A naturalist.

3. What does Schelling call the phenomenon when two independent activities are dependent upon each other in that one is looked to as the other's source of growth?
(a) An economic proposition.
(b) The transcendental relationship.
(c) The acceleration principle.
(d) A direct proportion.

4. What is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?
(a) A dialogue about the nature of the evidence in a certain system.
(b) A theory that explains a preponderance of evidence.
(c) An actual biological or mechanical system that embodies a certain relationship.
(d) A piece of evidence from which an entire system can be deduced.

5. In Schelling's analysis, what behavior governs the people filling the theater?
(a) Randomness.
(b) Bunching behavior.
(c) Group aversion.
(d) Chaos.

Short Answer Questions

1. What case does Schelling use to illustrate the difficulty of making an economic proposition?

2. What part of a heating system does Schelling use as a metaphor for human behavior?

3. How does Schelling say the Russian's space program affected America's space program?

4. What does Schelling say about human desire?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schelling define equilibrium?

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

3. What example does Schelling use to illustrate an externality?

4. What experience got Schelling thinking about distribution?

5. What is an unconditional preference?

6. What is a binary choice?

7. What factors does Schelling say social scientists have to account for in models of human behavior?

8. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

9. What does Schelling mean when he says that certain behaviors have the character of mathematical "identical truisms"?

10. What limitations does Schelling describe that restrict the effect of economic analysis of social behaviors?

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