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

2. How does Schelling describe a critical-mass behavior?
(a) Something that becomes self-sustaining once a certain number of people start to do it.
(b) Something that has to be restarted after a certain interval.
(c) Something that can only take place if there is a large audience to watch it.
(d) Something that cannot be stopped once it begins.

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 back-middle to the front and then to the back.
(d) Theatres fill from the middle to the sides and back.

4. What does Schelling say about balance in individual cases?
(a) It is evidence of the collective unconscious.
(b) It defines the nature of human beings.
(c) It does not exist.
(d) It is a transcendent law.

5. How does Schelling say the Russian's space program affected America's space program?
(a) The Russians were determined to win superiority, but victory cost more than they could afford.
(b) There was a short lag before America's investment caught up with and surpassed the Russians'.
(c) The Americans were determined not to be outdone from the beginning.
(d) The Americans answered the Russians feat for feat.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Schelling call the phenomenon when two independent activities are dependent upon each other in that one is looked to as the other's source of growth?

3. In Schelling's analysis, what behavior governs the people filling the theater?

4. What part of a heating system does Schelling use as a metaphor for human behavior?

5. What fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is an externality?

3. In what way does Schelling say that individual and aggregate behavior are different?

4. What is the relationship between behaviors that can be modeled and free will, in Schelling's analysis?

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

6. What behavior does discrimination allow Schelling to model?

7. What distinction does Schelling draw between decisions other people have made?

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

9. How many possible genetic variations can result when two people have a baby together?

10. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

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