Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling call the myriad of potential results?

2. What does Schelling say the defines independent variable in a behavioral system?

3. What tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?

4. Why can the Golden Gate Bridge charge a double toll for traffic in one direction without fear of being unfair?

5. What do the laws visible in the human behavior Schelling describes lead you to expect in other cyclic processes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schelling describe the role of the social scientist?

2. How does Schelling say human systems differ from natural systems?

3. What is an externality?

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

5. How does Schelling say technology has changed the number of genetic outcomes that can result when a man and a woman conceive?

6. What does Schelling say is the consequence of inadequate analysis of participants in an economic system?

7. What factors influence how effective a proposition is, in Schelling's analysis?

8. What is the critical-mass model?

9. What are discrete variables and continuous variables?

10. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Micromotives and Macrobehavior was written in 1981, when race relations in the U.S. were tense in the aftermath of the civil rights movement of the sixties and seventies. While the book responded to the inflammatory situation by analyzing micromotives, the past three decades have seen race relations change in the U.S. What aspects of Schelling's analysis is still relevant in the atmosphere of race relations today, and what factors have caused them to change or evolve?

Essay Topic 2

What does Schelling mean when he says that systems strive for equilibrium? Use an example of a system that naturally seeks equilibrium--and define that equilibrium--and describe a natural system that does not seek equilibrium. What do the exceptions show about the general tendency?

Essay Topic 3

Choose an event out of a newspaper or magazine, describe the primary model at work in it, and describe the underlying assumptions as well as the externalities and extra factors that are evident in the event.

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