Do you more about international relations than an intro student at Dartmouth? Prove it! Here are a few questions from a recent midterm I gave my students. The first commenter to get all of these right will win a paperback copy of my book, Secessionism.
1. What usually happens to public support for a war in the U.S. over time?
2. In general, why do civil wars tend to last longer than interstate wars?
3. What two general solutions have scholars discovered for collaboration problems (the Prisoner’s Dilemma)?
4. Give an example, general or specific, of an international issue that the “Battle of the Sexes” game can model well.
5. In any bargaining situation, which side has the greater power?
6. Suppose there are two or more theories that appear to explain equally well a phenomenon of interest, such as the democratic peace or a decline in the rate of violent death over time. How can you determine which of the theories is actually the best explanation?
UPDATE: Just to be clear, you may try more than once if you get one wrong the first time. 🙂