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 people have a tendency to do?

2. What does Schelling say discrimination is?

3. What does Schelling say constrains the social scientist's model for race segregation?

4. What does Schelling say social conventions mediate between?

5. Why does Schelling say people tend to sit in the back of a theater?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a binary choice?

2. How is nuclear arms control a self-fulfilling prophecy, in Schelling's analysis/

3. What would be the consequence of parents preferring boys to girls, in Schelling's analysis?

4. What kinds of subliminal factors does Schelling say affect people's decisions of where to sit?

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 about discrimination?

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

8. How does Schelling describe segregation?

9. What is the commons model?

10. How does Schelling define equilibrium?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tolerance is a desirable quality to identify in an economic model of behavior, but how would you define the value of tolerance in Schelling's models of integration? What would you know it by? What factors would indicate a 'tolerant' neighborhood or society?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Which models are most convincing in predicting outcomes, and which models are least convincing? Describe a case where a model lines up neatly with phenomena, and another case where a model fails to account for behavior.

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