A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what date did the Korean War begin?
(a) June 25, 1950.
(b) December 8, 1958.
(c) May 4, 1935.
(d) September 22, 1942.

2. According to the Prologue, John Forbes Nash, Jr. became well known as a mathematician in what year?
(a) 1948.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1964.
(d) 1937.

3. Where was Lloyd Shapley from?
(a) Bangor, Maine.
(b) St. Louis, Missouri.
(c) Miami, Florida.
(d) Cambridge, Massachusetts.

4. Nash invented a game of strategy at Princeton and what fellow student made the board for the game?
(a) Lloyd Shapley.
(b) Warren Ambrose.
(c) Oskar Morgenstern.
(d) David Gale.

5. Chapter Twenty-Four discusses Nash's friendship with what MIT graduate student?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Jack Bricker.
(c) Reinhard Selten.
(d) John Milnor.

6. RAND Corporation first formed to offer research and analysis to the United States armed forces by what American aerospace manufacturer?
(a) Boeing.
(b) Douglas Aircraft Company.
(c) Cesna.
(d) RCA.

7. Who did the Republic of Korea fight in the Korean War?
(a) Cambodia.
(b) Vietnam.
(c) The Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
(d) China.

8. Nash presented a talk on his work at the International Congress of Mathematics when in Chapter Fifteen?
(a) March, 1953.
(b) December, 1949.
(c) September, 1950.
(d) April, 1952.

9. During his first semester at Princeton, Nash would arrange his morning walk so he could see whom taking his morning walk?
(a) Norman Steenrod.
(b) John Milnor.
(c) Lloyd Shapley.
(d) Albert Einstein.

10. How many faculty members from MIT belonged to a Communist Party cell and were called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, as described in Chapter Nineteen?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Seven.
(d) Eleven.

11. Who did Nash ask to be his thesis advisor in Chapter Ten?
(a) Lloyd Shapley.
(b) Norman Steenrod.
(c) Albert Tucker.
(d) Henry Michael Temple.

12. When was the Rockefeller Foundation established?
(a) 1907.
(b) 1913.
(c) 1920.
(d) 1916.

13. Between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-nine, Nash had relationships with how many men?
(a) Eight.
(b) Zero.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

14. In game theory, what describes the situation when a player has available the same information to determine all of the possible games as would be available at the end of the game?
(a) Incontrovertable evidence.
(b) Psychic information.
(c) Complete data.
(d) Perfect information.

15. Where was John Forbes Nash, Jr. born?
(a) Sierra City, California.
(b) Tacoma, Washington.
(c) Chicago, Illinois.
(d) Bluefield, West Virginia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Nash's first infatuation with a man was in summer of what year?

2. What year was it when Nash chose who he wanted to be his thesis advisor in Chapter Ten?

3. John Forbes Nash, Jr. became interested in mathematics at what age?

4. On what date did Eleanor give birth to Nash's son in Chapter Twenty-Three?

5. When did Joseph McCarthy die?

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