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

2. What does Schelling say about the underlying motivation for segregation?
(a) It can be fairly ordinary.
(b) ItIt is inevitable.
(c) It is necessary.
(d) It is based in race or ethnic hatred.

3. What case does Schelling use to illustrate the difficulty of making an economic proposition?
(a) Raising the drinking age.
(b) Lowering the drinking age.
(c) Raising the draft age.
(d) Ending the draft.

4. What does Schelling say the number of bikes stolen is almost identical to?
(a) The number of bikes that cannot be fixed each year.
(b) The number of bikes reported stolen.
(c) The number of bikes not reported stolen.
(d) One third of the number of bikes bought new.

5. How does Schelling say people are segregated?
(a) By income and heritage.
(b) By their preference for Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton.
(c) By sex and age.
(d) By college major and degree.

Short Answer Questions

1. What additional explanation does Schelling offer for seat selection?

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

3. How does Schelling describe the Golden Gate Bridge?

4. What does Schelling say the measles story is an example of?

5. What name does Schelling give to the effect people have on each other's behavior?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two important components of idealized models of integration and segregation, in Schelling's analysis?

2. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

3. How does Schelling say human systems differ from natural systems?

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

5. How do economic systems resemble ant colonies, in Schelling's analysis?

6. Under what circumstances does Schelling say that chromosomal selection could be beneficial?

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

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

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

10. What is the lemons model?

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