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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 call the phenomenon when two independent activities are dependent upon each other in that one is looked to as the other's source of growth?
(a) The transcendental relationship.
(b) A direct proportion.
(c) An economic proposition.
(d) The acceleration principle.

2. How does Schelling describe daylight savings time?
(a) As a self-enforcing convention.
(b) As a self-displacing prophecy.
(c) As a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(d) As a critical mass.

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

4. What does Schelling say is the term for a situation where two people hurt themselves and each other by making self-interested decisions?
(a) Prisoner's dilemma.
(b) The lemon model.
(c) The tipping-point/critical-mass model.
(d) The Spanish prisoner.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why can the Golden Gate Bridge charge a double toll for traffic in one direction without fear of being unfair?

2. What does Schelling say is important in economics?

3. What does Schelling say about the underlying motivation for segregation?

4. What does Schelling say has to be closely attended to, in economic analysis?

5. What does Schelling say about a bike owner buying a bike for $90 and selling it for $150?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the key factor in the critical-mass model?

4. What behavior does discrimination allow Schelling to model?

5. What does Schelling say segregation and separation, sharing and mixing have in common?

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

7. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

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

9. How does Schelling define equilibrium?

10. What is the critical-mass model?

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