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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 was seeking equilibrium as America's space industry interacted with the Russians'?
(a) The system of America's military defense industry.
(b) The system of technical knowledge itself.
(c) The system of America's universities which produced scientists.
(d) The system of America's space agencies.

2. What do the laws visible in the human behavior Schelling describes lead you to expect in other cyclic processes?
(a) Latent resistances.
(b) Unexpected results.
(c) Lag time.
(d) Hidden variables.

3. What does Schelling say governs each decision?
(a) Dread and awe.
(b) The collective unconscious.
(c) Preferences and goals.
(d) Longing and fear.

4. How does Schelling explain blacks and whites being excluded from each other's churches?
(a) Historical guilt.
(b) Reciprocal behavior.
(c) Jim Crow laws.
(d) Race hatred.

5. How does Schelling characterize the individual's relationship with the society?
(a) He strives for a full understanding of every part.
(b) He tends to organize with others in his similar situation.
(c) He tends to specialize, and not to see the influences that drive him.
(d) He does not need to know how it works, he only has to perform his part.

Short Answer Questions

1. What social science does Schelling say sociology resembles?

2. What does Schelling use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?

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

4. What does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?

5. How many calls does the individual receive, in the aggregate, in Schelling's analysis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What aspect of the history of nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

2. How does Schelling use mathematical formulations to express his economic models of behavior?

3. How does Schelling describe the role of the social scientist?

4. What factors influence how effective a proposition is, in Schelling's analysis?

5. How is nuclear arms control a self-fulfilling prophecy, in Schelling's analysis/

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

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

8. In what way does Schelling say the shop owner's exchange of a bicycle for $150 of the customer's money--when the owner paid $90 for the bicycle--an equal exchange?

9. What is a closed model, in Schelling's analysis?

10. What is an unconditional preference?

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