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Self Test on Knowledge Associated With Worldview Theme #13

Respond to each of the 10 multiple choice questions below by typing the number 1 to 5 of the answer you wish to select in the response box. When finished, click "process your responses".

1. "A regularly interacting entity forming a unified whole" defines a(n) 

1) dynamic system       2) model                      3) ecosystem 

4) system                      5) chaotic system

2.  "A human construction created to represent a pattern of relationships in data or in the human or natural world" is a way to define

1) a control system         2) a model           3) an algorithm

4) engineering design         5) technology assessment

3. The phrase “the essence of the system can not be grasped by merely analyzing its constituent parts” gets at the essential meaning  of which of the terms below? 

1) control system    2) hard system     3) complex system 

4) feedback loop    5)  wholism

4.   Which of the following phrases is linked to cybernetics?

 1) how systems learn    2) how systems evolve    

3) how systems manage themselves    4) none of the above   5) all of the above

5. The phrase “self sustaining natural community” might be part of the definition of which of the terms below? 

1) complex system            2) ecosystem                3) neural network   

4) homeostasis                 5) organ system

6.   Which of the following best describes the goal(s) of someone for whom the Dancing With Systems worldview theme is a key component of their overall worldview ? 

1) seeks to create an envisioned future     2) seeks to predict future behavior

3) seeks to control future behavior   4) none of the above   5) all of the above

7.  All of the following words describes someone for whom the Dancing With Systems worldview theme is a key component of their overall worldview except which?

1) sense of humility      2) mental flexibility       3) reductionistic    

4) visionary         5) values information

8. Which of the following is most closely linked with emergent properties? 

1) metasystem transitions   2) homeostasis    3) a "free lunch"    

4) nonlinear behavior          5) algorithms

9.  A field that is highly interdisciplinary, fundamentally involves communication, and is a part of cybernetics is 

 1) artificial intelligence    2) engineering design      3) technology assessment

4) information theory             5) chaos theory

10. Which of the following associations is wrong?

1) important, not quantifiable / noneconomic variables

2) linear behavior / predictable and proportionate

3) control system / controls output of processes

4)  thermostat  / feedback

5) soft system / more easily modeled than hard system


       For Worldview Theme #13:

       Your Score on the Self Test = correct out of 10 possible


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