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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Under what condition would the population not be constrained by a mathematical identity after the youngest ten percent of a population moved away?
2. What does Schelling say about an equilibrium division of the population?
3. What hope does Schelling express for the future of nuclear arms?
4. How does Schelling predict nations will behave with regard to nuclear arms control?
5. What does Schelling say are continuous variables?
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
Schelling's Micromotives and Macrobehavior is grounded in the opposition between the individual's feelings and motives, and the aggregate society's behavior. How does Schelling resolve the tension or opposition between these two things? Can a social scientist analyze aggregate behavior from an aggregate perspective? What happens to the individual in the model for the society? Does this cause a problem for Schelling or any social scientist as someone who is describing phenomena that can only be seen in the aggregate?
Essay Topic 3
Schelling's models seem to swing back and forth between literary metaphors and statistical methods. Is one predominant? Is one more or less reliable?
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