Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Final Test - Hard

Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the successor to the President who dropped the bomb?

2. What is a binary choice?

3. What was the status of nuclear weapons under Kennedy and Johnson?

4. What second example does Schelling use to demonstrate a closed system with a density enhancement?

5. In what war did Truman's successor have to decide whether to drop the bomb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Which models are most convincing in predicting outcomes, and which models are least convincing? Describe a case where a model lines up neatly with phenomena, and another case where a model fails to account for behavior.

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