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 example from human psychology does Schelling contrapose to conscious choice?

2. What term does Garrett Hardin use to describe people who infringe on others by following their own desires intently?

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

4. How does Schelling characterize the individual's relationship with the society?

5. What does Schelling say about Christmas cards?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Schelling mean when he says that certain behaviors have the character of mathematical "identical truisms"?

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

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

5. What is an unconditional preference?

6. How does Schelling describe nuclear weapons in his final chapter?

7. What hope does Schelling have for the future of nuclear weapons?

8. What is the open model, in Schelling's analysis?

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

10. What does Schelling say is the best use for the models he is describing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the risks and benefits of using numerical analysis in models of human behavior?

Essay Topic 2

Schelling's models seem to swing back and forth between literary metaphors and statistical methods. Is one predominant? Is one more or less reliable?

Essay Topic 3

Can you speak accurately about the character of a people based on any particular model? Or can you only speak accurately about individuals whose motives you know and whose behavior you have discussed with them? Put another way, what are the limits of the kind of knowledge Schelling practices in Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

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