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. When did John von Neumann die?
(a) 1967.
(b) 1941.
(c) 1957.
(d) 1951.

2. John Forbes Nash, Jr. was born on what date?
(a) November 25, 1935.
(b) June 13, 1928.
(c) October 19, 1940.
(d) January 2, 1913.

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

4. In Chapter Ten, Nash developed an equilibrium point that could apply to more than two people and wasn't necessarily what?
(a) Mathematically accurate.
(b) A zero-sum game.
(c) A game that could be lost.
(d) A winnable game.

5. In what year was John's sister Martha Nash born?
(a) 1918.
(b) 1912.
(c) 1930.
(d) 1907.

6. Kriegspiel is German for what?
(a) Automobile.
(b) War game.
(c) Barking dog.
(d) Sausage.

7. Who was Lloyd Shapley's father?
(a) Norman Shapley.
(b) Mark Shapley.
(c) Harlow Shapley.
(d) John David Shapley.

8. Kriegspiel refers to a chess variant based upon the original "Kriegsspiel" developed by whom?
(a) Henry Michael Temple.
(b) Lloyd Shapley.
(c) Georg von Rassewitz.
(d) Albert Einstein.

9. What refers to a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas?
(a) Manymath.
(b) Polymath.
(c) Varymath.
(d) Multimath.

10. In Chapter Twenty, Nash was challenged to solve the problem of what?
(a) Game theory.
(b) The Pythagoreon Theorum.
(c) Manifolds.
(d) The Manhattan Project.

11. What is a situation in which no player can improve his situation in game theory?
(a) Stalemate.
(b) A zero-sum game.
(c) End game.
(d) Equilibrium.

12. The one requirement at Princeton in the mathematics department when Nash attended in Chapter Four was that the students attend what daily?
(a) McAnderson's lecture.
(b) Church services.
(c) A faculty tea.
(d) Student meetings.

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

14. How old was Nash when he began teaching at MIT?
(a) 27.
(b) 23.
(c) 38.
(d) 19.

15. John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived at Princeton in what month?
(a) May.
(b) December.
(c) September.
(d) August.

Short Answer Questions

1. What religion did John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s parents adopt?

2. In Chapter Fifteen, Nash began to study the area of what?

3. What was Eleanor's profession when she met John Forbes Nash, Jr. in Chapter Twenty-Three?

4. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s thesis for Princeton became known as what, as described in Chapter Ten?

5. In May 1948, Project RAND became an independent non-profit organization with initial capital from where?

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