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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. Which example does Schelling say complicates the prospect of arriving at a definitive proposition?
(a) A commodity whose price is volatile.
(b) A population spread out over a wide geographical area.
(c) A business with a number of different product lines.
(d) A college with an unequal distribution of male and female students.

2. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?
(a) Shopping in a store that has fresh produce.
(b) Driving home the long way to avoid the highway.
(c) Buying a foreign car because it has good gas mileage.
(d) Taking a friend of another race to dinner.

3. What does the critical mass provide for the individual?
(a) Safety in numbers.
(b) A plausible excuse.
(c) Deniability.
(d) Confidence that he is right.

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

5. What additional explanation does Schelling offer for seat selection?
(a) He says it might be influenced by the spirits.
(b) He says it might be random.
(c) He says it might be a learned process.
(d) He says it might be evidence of a higher intelligence.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say people have a tendency to do?

2. What does Schelling say race discrimination can lead to?

3. What does Schelling say constrains the social scientist's model for race segregation?

4. How does Schelling describe a decision such as choosing a seat in a theater?

5. How does Schelling describe the Golden Gate Bridge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are discrete variables and continuous variables?

2. What does Schelling say is the trigger for the decisions that lead to segregation?

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

4. 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?

5. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

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

7. What are some of the other traits Schelling says parents might be able to choose in the future?

8. What is the open model, in Schelling's analysis?

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

10. What factors does Schelling say social scientists have to account for in models of human behavior?

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