finalexamspring2004 - Your Name: _ Final Exam: 7 May 2004...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–4. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1 Your Name: ____________________________ Final Exam: 7 May 2004 Econ 431 David Reiley You have 120 minutes to take this exam (11:00am to 1:00pm). There are a total of 100 points possible, plus four extra-credit questions worth 5 points each. Please make sure to pace yourself, so that you answer all questions, even incompletely. I do give partial credit for incomplete work, but I give zero credit for blank pages. In order to get partial credit in case you make an error, you will want to explain carefully what you are doing. 1) In the movie Doctor Strangelove , the Soviet Union develops a Doomsday Machine, whose purpose is to automatically detonate a large number of nuclear bombs with long-lived radioactive decay, producing a “doomsday shroud” that will kill all human and animal life on Earth. The machine is triggered by any nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and it cannot be disarmed. a) (10 points) Describe how building and activating the Doomsday Machine represents a strategic move for the Soviet Union. What is this move designed to accomplish? Is this a promise, a threat, or a commitment? How credible is this strategic move? Please explain your reasoning to all three questions. You may wish to present a game matrix or a game tree to help illustrate your argument.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
2 b) (5 points) In the movie, the character Dr. Strangelove angrily asks the Soviet ambassador why the Soviets hadn’t told the world about this machine. The Soviet ambassador replies, “It was to have been announced at the Party Congress on Monday. You know how the Premier loves surprises.” Why is it strategically important to announce the Doomsday Machine publicly? c) (5 extra-credit points) In a key plot element, General Jack D. Ripper launches a Plan R wing attack on the Soviet Union. Describe the strategic reason why he launched this attack, and what turned out to be a flaw in his reasoning.
Background image of page 2
3 2) In the 2004 Presidential election, it looks as though George W. Bush will be the Republican candidate and John Kerry will be the Democratic candidate. In addition, Ralph Nader has declared his intention to run as an independent. For simplicity, let’s ignore the Electoral College and its state-by-state winner-take-all rules, and assume that the nation all votes in a single election together. Suppose that American voters
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 4
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 06/11/2008 for the course ECON 431 taught by Professor Reiley during the Spring '05 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

Page1 / 12

finalexamspring2004 - Your Name: _ Final Exam: 7 May 2004...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 4. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online