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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 fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?
(a) The fear of being involved.
(b) The fear of being called on stage.
(c) The fear of a pop quiz in class.
(d) The fear of violent teachers.

2. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?
(a) Driving home the long way to avoid the highway.
(b) Buying a foreign car because it has good gas mileage.
(c) Shopping in a store that has fresh produce.
(d) Taking a friend of another race to dinner.

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

4. What does the critical mass provide for the individual?
(a) Safety in numbers.
(b) A plausible excuse.
(c) Confidence that he is right.
(d) Deniability.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Schelling characterize the individual's relationship with the society?

2. What does Schelling say is the key to predicting whether there will be a critical mass?

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

4. What is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?

5. What does Schelling say race discrimination is caused by?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the equivalence of terms in an economic break down, in Schelling's analysis?

2. What experience got Schelling thinking about distribution?

3. What is a semi-closed system?

4. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

5. What distinction does Schelling draw between decisions other people have made?

6. What is one consequence Schelling describes of parents being able to choose the sex of their children?

7. What methodological difficulty does Schelling see in a college where the population is 75% female, with a handful of black students?

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

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

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

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