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

Micromotives and Macrobehavior was written in 1981, when race relations in the U.S. were tense in the aftermath of the civil rights movement of the sixties and seventies. While the book responded to the inflammatory situation by analyzing micromotives, the past three decades have seen race relations change in the U.S. What aspects of Schelling's analysis is still relevant in the atmosphere of race relations today, and what factors have caused them to change or evolve?

Essay Topic 2

What are the risks and benefits of using numerical analysis in models of human behavior?

Essay Topic 3

Schelling seems to be making the point that segregation may be a social problem, but it is being acted out by individuals. Is his account complete, or is there an extent to which social behaviors are influenced by institutions and ideologies and unofficial policies? What role do these things play in segregation?

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