Tragedy Of The Commons

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Tragedy Of The Commons - Quiz

People living together must find some way to preserve common resources. Unfortunately, there are strong incentives for people to exploit these resources when they are held in common by everyone. As Prof. Sean Mulholland at Stonehill College explains, the 'tragedy of the commons' occurs when individuals acting independently end up depleting shared resources, such as fisheries or pastureland. Prof. Mullholland discusses two potential solutions to this problem: public ownership, where the property is owned and administered by the government, and private ownership. He discusses the strengths and weaknesses to each approach and some key considerations for determining which institutions best Read moreprotect useful resources.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In your own idea, explain how will tragedy of the commons affect the lives of the people and the environment? (not less than FIVE sentences)

  • 2. 

    Which of the following is an example of the Tragedy of the Commons?

    • A.

      The death of the sheep called the Common.

    • B.

      The destruction of a human habitat

    • C.

      The destruction of a national rain forest.

    • D.

      The destruction of a natural habitat that was over grazed by sheep known as a common.

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. The destruction of a natural habitat that was over grazed by sheep known as a common.
    Explanation
    The Tragedy of the Commons refers to a situation where a commonly owned resource is depleted or destroyed due to individuals acting in their own self-interest. In this case, the destruction of a natural habitat that was over grazed by sheep known as a common exemplifies the Tragedy of the Commons. The sheep, which were collectively owned, were overgrazing the habitat without any regulation or control, resulting in the destruction of the habitat. This scenario demonstrates how the lack of proper management and individual self-interest can lead to the degradation of shared resources.

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  • 3. 

    What is a common?

    • A.

      A store

    • B.

      A shopping center

    • C.

      A piece of land

    • D.

      A community

    • E.

      A Disney land

    Correct Answer
    C. A piece of land
    Explanation
    A common refers to a piece of land that is shared by a group of people or a community. It is typically an open area that is accessible to the public and may be used for various purposes such as recreation, social gatherings, or grazing animals.

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  • 4. 

    Who owned the common?

    • A.

      A group of farmers

    • B.

      The shady government

    • C.

      Mr. Khan

    • D.

      The settlers

    • E.

      The Indians

    Correct Answer
    A. A group of farmers
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A group of farmers". This suggests that the common land was owned collectively by a group of farmers. It implies that the farmers shared the ownership and use of the land, possibly for agricultural purposes. This ownership arrangement could have allowed them to work together and make decisions collectively regarding the common land.

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  • 5. 

    Who caused the Tragedy?

    • A.

      The sheep

    • B.

      The group of farmers

    • C.

      Planning and lack of conservation concerning the commons

    • D.

      Tractors

    • E.

      Hippos

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The sheep
    B. The group of farmers
    C. Planning and lack of conservation concerning the commons
    Explanation
    The tragedy was caused by a combination of factors. The sheep played a role by overgrazing the commons, leading to depletion of resources. The group of farmers also contributed to the tragedy by not effectively managing the commons and allowing overgrazing to occur. Additionally, the planning and lack of conservation concerning the commons played a significant role in the tragedy. It suggests that there was inadequate foresight and management of the resources, leading to their depletion.

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  • 6. 

    What did the tragedy affect and who did it affect?

    • A.

      The sheep

    • B.

      The group of farmers

    • C.

      The natural resource that is the common itself.

    • D.

      Lions

    • E.

      Dinosaur

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. The group of farmers
    C. The natural resource that is the common itself.
    Explanation
    The tragedy affected the group of farmers and the natural resource that is the common itself. This implies that the tragedy had an impact on both the livelihood of the farmers and the overall state of the common resource. It suggests that the farmers' ability to utilize the resource may have been hindered or compromised, leading to negative consequences for their well-being and potentially affecting the sustainability of the common resource.

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  • 7. 

    How could it have been prevented?

    • A.

      Better planning

    • B.

      Less sheep

    • C.

      Better rotation

    • D.

      Younger farmers

    • E.

      Better conservation

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Better planning
    C. Better rotation
    E. Better conservation
    Explanation
    Better planning, better rotation, and better conservation could have prevented the situation described in the question. With better planning, farmers could have anticipated potential issues and taken proactive measures to prevent them. Better rotation of crops and livestock grazing areas would have helped to maintain soil fertility and prevent overgrazing. Additionally, better conservation practices, such as implementing erosion control measures and protecting natural resources, would have contributed to sustainable farming practices and prevented environmental degradation.

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  • 8. 

    What are the three little helper?

    • A.

      Money, time, love

    • B.

      Knowledge, power, health

    • C.

      Planning, rotation, conservation

    • D.

      Planning, production, preservation

    • E.

      Me, you, al

    Correct Answer
    C. Planning, rotation, conservation
    Explanation
    This answer is correct because planning, rotation, and conservation can be considered as three little helpers in various contexts. Planning helps in organizing and strategizing, rotation refers to the act of changing or alternating, and conservation involves preserving and protecting resources. These three concepts can be applied to different aspects of life, such as managing time, resources, or even environmental sustainability.

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  • 9. 

    What animal grazed on the common?

    • A.

      Snake

    • B.

      Goat

    • C.

      Cow

    • D.

      Sheep

    • E.

      Horse

    Correct Answer
    D. Sheep
    Explanation
    Sheep are known to be grazers, meaning they eat grass and other vegetation by grazing on it. They have a unique ability to efficiently digest and extract nutrients from grass, making them well-suited for grazing. In many rural areas, sheep are commonly seen grazing on open pastures or common lands. Their diet primarily consists of grass, which makes them a suitable animal to graze on the common.

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