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 say governs each decision?

2. How does Schelling describe the system of skiers going up a lift and coming down the trails?

3. What example from human psychology does Schelling contrapose to conscious choice?

4. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?

5. What social science does Schelling say sociology resembles?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schelling describe segregation?

2. What would the demographic consequences be, if parents could select the traits of their children?

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

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

5. What limitations does Schelling describe that restrict the effect of economic analysis of social behaviors?

6. What is a self-fulfilling prophecy?

7. In what way does Schelling say the shop owner's exchange of a bicycle for $150 of the customer's money--when the owner paid $90 for the bicycle--an equal exchange?

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

9. What is a binary choice?

10. What is the commons model?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed review of Micromotives and Macrobehavior. What are the book's main themes and preoccupations? What are its methods? How does it achieve its intentions? Where does it fail to?

Essay Topic 2

Schelling seems to be making the point that segregation may be a social problem, but it is being acted out by individuals. Is his account complete, or is there an extent to which social behaviors are influenced by institutions and ideologies and unofficial policies? What role do these things play in segregation?

Essay Topic 3

What institutions or roles is the social scientist playing by analyzing, predicting and trying to influence human behavior? Is the social scientist a preacher, engineer, or artist? What roles does he take, and how is the social scientist different? Cite examples from the book as you make your answer.

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