Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Final Test - Medium

Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the central issue in the case Schelling presents regarding hockey helmets?
(a) The authority of the league.
(b) How many people make the choice.
(c) The reasonableness of the decision.
(d) The validity of safety statistics.

2. What continuous variable does Schelling say parents could select for?
(a) Eye color.
(b) Eyesight.
(c) Left versus right-handedness.
(d) Longevity.

3. What does Schelling say can be included in closed models?
(a) Longevity predictions.
(b) Predictions.
(c) Age.
(d) Alternate preferences.

4. What is an externality?
(a) A consequence unrelated to the choice, but one that proceeds from it and has to be considered.
(b) When another person's actions affect your decision.
(c) When additional factors change the terms of the binary choice.
(d) A factor that the social scientist has to include to balance the appearance of bias in his model.

5. What is an example of a prediction which Schelling says closed system modeling cannot make?
(a) People who don't like dogs don't necessarily dislike dog owners.
(b) People who want to live with people of the same race generally like their neighbors.
(c) People will not settle in one place, but they will keep searching for places that meet different needs.
(d) People who want to live near family will act on other preferences, like not living near shopping malls.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the source of the final chapter in Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

2. What does Schelling say are continuous variables?

3. What does Schelling say about binary choices?

4. How does Schelling account for people's decision to join the majority or follow their own path?

5. How can one gather information about the choice of the majority, in Schelling's example?

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