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

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 2

Schelling's models seem to swing back and forth between literary metaphors and statistical methods. Is one predominant? Is one more or less reliable?

Essay Topic 3

What do Schelling's models of human behavior tell us about human nature? Do they tell us different things about individuals than they tell us about society? Do they delve into psychology, or are they still essentially economic in nature?

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