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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 is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?
(a) A theory that explains a preponderance of evidence.
(b) A piece of evidence from which an entire system can be deduced.
(c) An actual biological or mechanical system that embodies a certain relationship.
(d) A dialogue about the nature of the evidence in a certain system.

2. How does Schelling describe the system of skiers going up a lift and coming down the trails?
(a) As a transformative system.
(b) As a static system.
(c) As an open system.
(d) As a closed system.

3. How do people affect each other's decisions where to sit in theater?
(a) Early arrivals sit in back, then the rest fill from the rear.
(b) Theatres fill randomly.
(c) Theatres fill from the middle to the sides and back.
(d) Theatres fill from the back-middle to the front and then to the back.

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

5. What does Schelling say Hardin based his research on?
(a) Cows grazing.
(b) Ethnic populations moving into new neighborhoods.
(c) Pollution.
(d) People selling cars.

Short Answer Questions

1. What consequence does Schelling say might affect people sitting closer to the stage?

2. What does the heating-system-like aspect of human behavior seek, in Schelling's analysis?

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

4. What example from nature does Schelling contrapose to human decisions?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schelling define equilibrium?

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

3. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

4. What does Schelling say a closed model can be used for with regard to prospective college students?

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

6. What does Schelling mean when he says that certain behaviors have the character of mathematical "identical truisms"?

7. What are discrete variables and continuous variables?

8. How does Schelling describe segregation?

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

10. What is the lemons model?

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