University of Kansas, Fall 2007
Philosophy 666: Rational Choice Theory
preview of test on game theory
The test will be given in class on Wednesday, October 24. You do not need to
bring anything, except for something to write with; this will be a closed-book,
closed-notes test, and you will be provided with paper on which to write your
answers. At the beginning of the exam period, the following instructions will be
written on the board:
- Please put away everything except for something to write with.
- This test may be graded on a curve.
- Please number each of your 10 answers
Also, you will be asked to close and/or put away all books, notebooks,
newspapers, calculators, computers, cell phones, and other possible sources of
inappropriate aid. The
instructions at the top of the test will read as follows:
- Answer all of the following questions on the answer sheets provided. You can write on this
questions, but credit will be awarded only for answers written on answer
- Do not access any book, notebook, newspaper, calculator, computer, cell
phone, or other possible source of inappropriate aid during the test, do not
leave the room before you are finished taking the test, and be sure to finish
the test within this 50-minute testing period—no credit will be given for any
work done after you access any possible source of inappropriate aid, after you
leave the room for any reason, or after the end of the testing period.
- When you are finished, be sure your name is written on each of your answer
sheets, and turn them in. You do not need to turn in this list of questions.
Regarding the content of the test, I anticipate that the following will be
the case, but I reserve the right to depart from this plan if circumstances seem
to warrant it:
- There will be 10 questions worth 10 points each.
- Question 1 will pertain to dominance considerations.
- Questions 2–7 will pertain to equilibrium strategy pairs and associated
- Questions 8–10 will pertain to coordination games and prisoner’s-dilemma
In addition to studying the assigned reading, class-participation questions,
and the the problems for credit, you could also advantageously prepare for this test by
answering questions 1–7 on the test on game theory that I gave in my Fall
2006 section of this course. That test, and the answer key for it, are at the
web site that I set up for that course, at http://web.ku.edu/~utile/courses/rct2.