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

2. 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 has to do with things sold by the pound.
(c) When the number of people exhibiting behavior is the most important factor.
(d) When the behavior matches with models that were based in the physics of nuclear fission.

3. What does Schelling say a doctor administering measles vaccines found, that illustrates the human behavior Schelling is describing?
(a) Nothing could convince a certain percentage of the population to get vaccinated.
(b) Once they saw that the vaccine worked, mothers couldn't get enough of it for their children.
(c) When measles began to disappear, mothers would stop having their babies vaccinated, and the disease would come back.
(d) Arranging to have children vaccinated meant negotiating with the oldest people in the villages.

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 specified that race was not an issue.
(c) If the ads asked reasonable prices for goods being sold.
(d) If the ads were placed by people of the same denomination.

5. What does Schelling say is the key to predicting whether there will be a critical mass?
(a) Knowing why people delay their decisions.
(b) Modeling the undesirability of the decision being weighed.
(c) Defining the number that will constitute the critical mass.
(d) Articulating the fears that surround the decision in the collective unconscious.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term does Garrett Hardin use to describe people who infringe on others by following their own desires intently?

2. What does Schelling say you must know in order to understand what segregation might result from choice?

3. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

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

5. What does Schelling say individuals react to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the commons model?

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

3. How does Schelling describe segregation?

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

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

6. How does Schelling say technology has changed the number of genetic outcomes that can result when a man and a woman conceive?

7. What is an externality?

8. What is a binary choice?

9. According to Schelling, what is not included in his model of integration and segregation?

10. What would be the consequence of parents preferring boys to girls, in Schelling's analysis?

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