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. In May 1948, Project RAND became an independent non-profit organization with initial capital from where?
(a) New York University.
(b) The Ford Foundation.
(c) The Carnegie Institute of Technology.
(d) The International Mathematical Union.

2. When was Lloyd Shapley born?
(a) 1923.
(b) 1909.
(c) 1914.
(d) 1905.

3. Chapter Nineteen focuses on the McCarthy era in the spring of what year?
(a) 1948.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1944.
(d) 1953.

4. Who was the professor to whom Nash was closest at Princeton?
(a) Lloyd Shapley.
(b) Oskar Morgenstern.
(c) Norman Steenrod.
(d) Warren Ambrose.

5. RAND conducted experiments in games to see if the players did what, in Chapter Eighteen?
(a) Could win the game.
(b) Acted as they predicted.
(c) Acted unpredictably.
(d) Would lose the game.

6. What is the last name of Eleanor, the woman with whom Nash had an affair in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) Harsanyi.
(b) Flexner.
(c) Stier.
(d) Morgenstern.

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

8. Where did John Forbes Nash, Sr. work during the Depression?
(a) Appalachian Power.
(b) Everglades Energy.
(c) Pacific Gas and Electric.
(d) Adirondack Light.

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

10. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s thesis for Princeton became known as what, as described in Chapter Ten?
(a) The continuum hypothesis.
(b) Nash equilibrium.
(c) Game theory.
(d) A zero-sum game.

11. Where was Albert Tucker when Nash mailed the first draft of his thesis to him in Chapter Ten?
(a) Maine.
(b) Alaska.
(c) Hawaii.
(d) California.

12. 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.

13. When did Joseph McCarthy die?
(a) 1963.
(b) 1971.
(c) 1945.
(d) 1957.

14. 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) Student meetings.
(c) Church services.
(d) A faculty tea.

15. Who was the chairman of the mathematics department at Princeton when Nash began attending in Chapter Four?
(a) Albert Einstein.
(b) John David Stier.
(c) Norman Steenrod.
(d) Solomon Lefschetz.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Lloyd Shapley from?

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

3. When was John von Neumann born?

4. In Chapter Ten, Nash developed an equilibrium point that could apply to more than two people and wasn't necessarily what?

5. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s maternal grandfather held what profession?

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