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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 about human desire?
(a) It changes from childhood to teen years to adulthood.
(b) It is torn between irreconcilable desires for different states.
(c) It seeks mathematically-predictable levels of stability.
(d) It is torn within itself and it is split from its own language.

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

3. What does Schelling say individual behaviors have in economic analysis?
(a) Statistical insignificance.
(b) Randomness.
(c) Mathematical equality.
(d) Statistical predictability.

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

5. What does Schelling say the presence of a small group of black students in a college student body does for any economic propositions about the behavior of that student body?
(a) Introduces uncertainty.
(b) Introduces non-economic competition.
(c) Introduces tension and inequality.
(d) Introduces randomness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?

2. What does Schelling say about discrimination as a reason for segregation?

3. What ingrained behavior does Schelling say informs the decision where to sit in a theater?

4. What example from human psychology does Schelling contrapose to conscious choice?

5. What does Schelling say social conventions mediate between?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does a thermostat mirror the behaviors of many systems, in Schelling's analysis?

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

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

4. What behavior does discrimination allow Schelling to model?

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

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

7. Which U.S. presidents' decisions about nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

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

9. What is an externality?

10. 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?

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