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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 Schelling say constrains the social scientist's model for race segregation?
(a) Qualitative analysis.
(b) Historical analysis.
(c) Political analysis.
(d) Quantitative analysis.

2. What does Schelling say people have a tendency to do?
(a) Put others down.
(b) Put themselves in good positions.
(c) Be honest.
(d) Hide from unpleasant facts.

3. What does Schelling say about a bike owner buying a bike for $90 and selling it for $150?
(a) He says that the owner gains a profit of $60.
(b) He says that the exchange is consistent with laws of capitalism.
(c) He says that the exchange replaces a real bicycle with abstract money.
(d) He says that the owner still has to pay overhead, so the exchange is equal.

4. What does Schelling say the "tipping" critical-mass model first described?
(a) The boom-bust cycle in economics.
(b) New ethnicities moving into neighborhoods.
(c) Dust being drizzles onto scales.
(d) Political change.

5. 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) When measles began to disappear, mothers would stop having their babies vaccinated, and the disease would come back.
(c) Arranging to have children vaccinated meant negotiating with the oldest people in the villages.
(d) Once they saw that the vaccine worked, mothers couldn't get enough of it for their children.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say a proposition has to have in order to be true?

2. Why might segregation result without discrimination?

3. What ingrained behavior does Schelling say informs the decision where to sit in a theater?

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

5. Schelling says that it is hard to draw the line between "individually motivated" segregation and what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would the demographic consequences be, if parents could select the traits of their children?

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

3. What issues does Schelling describe surrounding the question of raising the draft age in the U.S.?

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

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

6. What experience got Schelling thinking about distribution?

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

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

9. How does Schelling describe segregation?

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

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