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 does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?

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

3. What does Schelling say about discrimination as a reason for segregation?

4. What does Schelling say race discrimination is caused by?

5. What does Schelling say was seeking equilibrium as America's space industry interacted with the Russians'?

Short Essay Questions

1. Under what circumstances does Schelling say that chromosomal selection could be beneficial?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Schelling say a closed model can be used for with regard to prospective college students?

8. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

9. What is an unconditional preference?

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

Essay 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

What do Schelling's models of human behavior tell us about human nature? Do they tell us different things about individuals than they tell us about society? Do they delve into psychology, or are they still essentially economic in nature?

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