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 use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?

2. How does Schelling say the Russian's space program affected America's space program?

3. How does Schelling say people are segregated?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does a thermostat mirror the behaviors of many systems, in Schelling's analysis?

2. 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?

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

4. What are some of the other traits Schelling says parents might be able to choose in the future?

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

6. What natural preference does Schelling say leads to segregation of populations in American cities?

7. What is an externality?

8. What is the behavioral model that would make arms reduction a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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

10. What is a closed model, in Schelling's analysis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is a positive kind of discrimination, and what tools does a society or a government have for reinforcing positive discrimination?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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