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 another trait does Schelling say parents might be able to choose?
(a) Weight.
(b) Skin color.
(c) IQ.
(d) Historical knowledge.

2. How does Schelling predict nations will behave with regard to nuclear arms control?
(a) If one decides to limit arms, the price of arms will go up.
(b) If there are terrorists anywhere in the world, nations will still maintain nuclear arsenals.
(c) If arms are limited, other weapons will experience arms races.
(d) If one leads the others will follow.

3. Under what condition would the population not be constrained by a mathematical identity after the youngest ten percent of a population moved away?
(a) The young people would not be able to come back for visits.
(b) The remaining people would have to be the same age.
(c) The people would still have to live within a reasonable distance.
(d) The remaining people would have to fill in the work the youngest people had done.

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

5. What is an unconditional preference?
(a) A preference that does not change regardless of others' actions.
(b) A force of psychological nature.
(c) A preference that does not acknowledge other alternatives.
(d) A preference that has to be adopted by all members of a group.

Short Answer Questions

1. What discrete variable does Schelling say parents could select for?

2. What does Schelling say happens when the youngest ten percent of a population moves?

3. What do hockey players fear in regard to the issue of wearing helmets, in Schelling's analysis?

4. What does Schelling celebrate in the beginning of the final chapter of Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

5. What does Schelling say would be the result of his hypothetical case?

(see the answer keys)

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