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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 term does Garrett Hardin use to describe people who infringe on others by following their own desires intently?
(a) Self-fulfilling prophecy.
(b) Critical mass.
(c) Commons.
(d) Lemons.

2. What does the heating-system-like aspect of human behavior seek, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) An appropriate level.
(b) Perpetual comfort.
(c) Emptiness.
(d) Relief from tension.

3. How does Schelling say the Russian's space program affected America's space program?
(a) The Americans answered the Russians feat for feat.
(b) The Americans were determined not to be outdone from the beginning.
(c) The Russians were determined to win superiority, but victory cost more than they could afford.
(d) There was a short lag before America's investment caught up with and surpassed the Russians'.

4. What additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?
(a) People want to feel safe in the dark.
(b) People want to watch people arrive.
(c) People want to be far from the stage.
(d) People want to be prepared to flee.

5. What does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?
(a) They are charismatic.
(b) They are average.
(c) They are unique.
(d) They are better than average.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?

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

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

4. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schelling define equilibrium?

2. What is a binary choice?

3. How many possible genetic variations can result when two people have a baby together?

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

5. What factors influence how effective a proposition is, in Schelling's analysis?

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

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

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

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

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

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