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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 health and success of individuals.
(b) On the aggregate, not the individual level.
(c) In the success of the leaders and superior individuals.
(d) In the welfare of the least successful individuals.

2. What does Schelling say individual behaviors have in economic analysis?
(a) Statistical insignificance.
(b) Mathematical equality.
(c) Randomness.
(d) Statistical predictability.

3. Why might segregation result without discrimination?
(a) Areas might be historically aligned with one group or another.
(b) A city might have built housing for foreign refugees of war or famine.
(c) Either of two groups might want to be the majority in an area.
(d) Areas might have been populated during successive waves of immigration.

4. Under what condition, does Schelling say, would a black person feel more comfortable reading ads in a church bulletin?
(a) If the ads were placed by black people.
(b) If the ads asked reasonable prices for goods being sold.
(c) If the ads specified that race was not an issue.
(d) If the ads were placed by people of the same denomination.

5. How does the heating system parallel human behavior in Schelling's example?
(a) A rising variable alternatively over and under performs.
(b) A trait becomes more and more intense until it expresses itself in heat.
(c) A vessel carries whatever hot or cold air or water runs through it.
(d) A voice distributes its energy into the environment around it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the critical mass provide for the individual?

2. What does Schelling say is the result if aggregate behavior results from a small number of variables?

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

4. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

5. In Schelling's analysis, what behavior governs the people filling the theater?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What aspect of the history of nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

3. What is an externality?

4. In what way does Schelling say the shop owner's exchange of a bicycle for $150 of the customer's money--when the owner paid $90 for the bicycle--an equal exchange?

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

6. How do economic systems resemble ant colonies, in Schelling's analysis?

7. How does Schelling describe nuclear weapons in his final chapter?

8. What is a semi-closed system?

9. What is a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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

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