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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 race discrimination is caused by?
(a) False perceptions.
(b) Past injustices.
(c) Economic inequality.
(d) Historical enmity.

2. How do people affect each other's decisions where to sit in theater?
(a) Theatres fill from the middle to the sides and back.
(b) Theatres fill randomly.
(c) Early arrivals sit in back, then the rest fill from the rear.
(d) Theatres fill from the back-middle to the front and then to the back.

3. What does Schelling use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?
(a) Spatial distribution.
(b) Economic theories of entertainment.
(c) Group dynamics.
(d) Randomness.

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

5. What does Schelling ultimately say about a decision such as where to sit in a theater?
(a) It is a common decision that people make the same way depending on where they are in the crowd.
(b) It is not predictable but it nonetheless follows a pattern.
(c) It is neither superficial nor thoughtless.
(d) It is neither meaningful nor memorable.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?

2. What fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?

3. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?

4. What does Schelling say discrimination is?

5. How does Schelling describe a decision such as choosing a seat in a theater?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a semi-closed system?

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

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

4. What does Schelling say is the best use for the models he is describing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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