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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 individuals react to?
(a) The fear of the mass.
(b) The collective unconscious.
(c) The desire of the mass.
(d) Their own stimuli.

2. What does Schelling say is the result if aggregate behavior results from a small number of variables?
(a) Faith.
(b) Conflict.
(c) Certainty.
(d) Doubt.

3. What does Schelling say people feel in a "bounded-neighborhood" model?
(a) Happy if members of another race do not outnumber them.
(b) Happy if they are the vast majority.
(c) Trapped among people similar to themselves.
(d) Apprehensive about the future if there is a chance that other ethnicities might take over.

4. When does Schelling say social behavior can be considered a critical mass?
(a) When the behavior has to do with things sold by the pound.
(b) When the behavior matches with models that were based in the physics of nuclear fission.
(c) When social criticism is essential to defining the problem.
(d) When the number of people exhibiting behavior is the most important factor.

5. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?
(a) He studies himself as well as his subject.
(b) He publishes in different journals.
(c) He is involved in the life he is studying.
(d) He uses non-mathematical data.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say governs each decision?

2. What fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?

3. What does Schelling say is the goal of his model for describing segregation?

4. What does Schelling say was seeking equilibrium as America's space industry interacted with the Russians'?

5. What tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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

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

5. What example does Schelling use to illustrate an externality?

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

7. What is an unconditional preference?

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

9. What is an externality?

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

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