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 governs each decision?

2. How does Schelling describe a critical-mass behavior?

3. What ingrained behavior does Schelling say informs the decision where to sit in a theater?

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

5. What natural phenomenon does Schelling compare the economy to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What experience got Schelling thinking about distribution?

4. What does Schelling mean when he says that certain behaviors have the character of mathematical "identical truisms"?

5. What is the commons model?

6. What factors influence how effective a proposition is, in Schelling's analysis?

7. How does Schelling describe nuclear weapons in his final chapter?

8. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

9. How does Schelling describe segregation?

10. What is an unconditional preference?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose an event out of a newspaper or magazine, describe the primary model at work in it, and describe the underlying assumptions as well as the externalities and extra factors that are evident in the event.

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

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?

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