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 additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?

2. What example does Schelling use as an example of discrimination?

3. What does Schelling say people feel in a "bounded-neighborhood" model?

4. How do people affect each other's decisions where to sit in theater?

5. What does Schelling use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What behavior does discrimination allow Schelling to model?

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

4. How does Schelling define equilibrium?

5. How do economic systems resemble ant colonies, in Schelling's analysis?

6. What is a semi-closed system?

7. Where does the equivalence of terms in an economic break down, in Schelling's analysis?

8. In what way does Schelling say that individual and aggregate behavior are different?

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

10. What is an externality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which has a bigger effect on society, the choices people can see, or the choices they make that cannot be seen?

Essay Topic 2

What are Schelling's values? Where does he stand on the issue of safety, or integration, or segregation or vaccines? Using evidence from the book, describe Schelling's personal views about the issues he raises, and explain the reasoning by which he justifies these personal views.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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