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 is the second thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?

2. What does Schelling say Hardin based his research on?

3. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?

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

5. What does Schelling say you must know in order to understand what segregation might result from choice?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schelling say technology has changed the number of genetic outcomes that can result when a man and a woman conceive?

2. What methodological difficulty does Schelling see in a college where the population is 75% female, with a handful of black students?

3. What example does Schelling use to illustrate an externality?

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

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

6. What is a binary choice?

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

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

9. What behavior does discrimination allow Schelling to model?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

What are the risks and benefits of using numerical analysis in models of human behavior?

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