Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Thomas Schelling
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Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspect of the history of nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

2. What does Schelling say might be a demographic consequence of parents choosing their children's traits?

3. What does Schelling say is the goal of a binary choice model?

4. What assumption does Schelling make about people's feelings about nuclear weapons?

5. What does Schelling say would be the result of chromosomal selection that allowed parents to select for high-IQ children?

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

What are Schelling's values? Where does he stand on the issue of safety, or integration, or segregation or vaccines? Using evidence from the book, describe Schelling's personal views about the issues he raises, and explain the reasoning by which he justifies these personal views.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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