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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. When does Schelling say social behavior can be considered a critical mass?
(a) When social criticism is essential to defining the problem.
(b) When the behavior matches with models that were based in the physics of nuclear fission.
(c) When the number of people exhibiting behavior is the most important factor.
(d) When the behavior has to do with things sold by the pound.

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

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

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

5. What tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?
(a) Metaphors.
(b) Math.
(c) Graphic designs.
(d) Computer architecture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say Hardin based his research on?

2. What does Schelling call the myriad of potential results?

3. What does Schelling say the "tipping" critical-mass model first described?

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

5. What else does Schelling say social scientists consider in behavior modeling?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relationship between behaviors that can be modeled and free will, in Schelling's analysis?

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

4. How does Schelling describe the role of the social scientist?

5. How does Schelling describe segregation?

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

7. What is the lemons model?

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

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

10. What is a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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