Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Lesson Plans 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

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 2

Can you speak accurately about the character of a people based on any particular model? Or can you only speak accurately about individuals whose motives you know and whose behavior you have discussed with them? Put another way, what are the limits of the kind of knowledge Schelling practices in Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

Essay Topic 3

What does Schelling mean when he says that systems strive for equilibrium? Use an example of a system that naturally seeks equilibrium--and define that equilibrium--and describe a natural system that does not seek equilibrium. What do the exceptions show about the general tendency?

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