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 about economic systems that allow unequal distribution of wealth?

2. What does Schelling say about balance in individual cases?

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

4. What social science does Schelling say sociology resembles?

5. What tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is an unconditional preference?

4. What are the two important components of idealized models of integration and segregation, in Schelling's analysis?

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

6. How does Schelling characterize eugenics?

7. According to Schelling, what is not included in his model of integration and segregation?

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

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

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

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

How has Schelling's economic modeling changed in an age of data mining and news aggregators and other digital techniques for gathering and sifting enormous amounts of information? Is it that more people have access to aggregate patterns? Or that new kinds of control are possible now?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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