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. How many pages was John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s thesis in Chapter Ten?
(a) 27.
(b) 39.
(c) 12.
(d) 73.

2. With whom did Nash work on games during his second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Albert Tucker.
(c) John Milnor.
(d) Warren Ambrose.

3. What religion did John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s parents adopt?
(a) Mormonism.
(b) Buddhism.
(c) Episcopalian.
(d) Scientology.

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

5. When was the original "Kriegsspiel" game developed?
(a) 1917.
(b) 1901.
(c) 1854.
(d) 1812.

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

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

8. Who co-authored The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior with John von Neumann?
(a) Albert Einstein.
(b) Oskar Morgenstern.
(c) Norman Steenrod.
(d) Solomon Lefschetz.

9. How old was John Forbes Nash, Jr. when he arrived at Princeton in Chapter Three?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Seventeen.
(c) Nineteen.
(d) Thirty.

10. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. meet Eleanor in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) A bus stop.
(b) A library.
(c) A Boston hospital.
(d) A church mass.

11. Nash met with von Neumann to discuss his ideas regarding what in Chapter Ten?
(a) The continuum hypothesis.
(b) Manifolds.
(c) Game theory.
(d) Riemann's Hypothesis.

12. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s maternal grandfather held what profession?
(a) Lawyer.
(b) Physician.
(c) Minister.
(d) Banker.

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

14. What refers to a research and development program, led by the United States with participation from the United Kingdom and Canada, that produced the first atomic bomb during World War II?
(a) Project Atomic.
(b) The Roswell Project.
(c) The Manhattan Project.
(d) Project Destruction.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter Nineteen focuses on the McCarthy era in the spring of what year?

2. The first signs of John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s mental deterioration appeared in what year, according to the Prologue?

3. In Chapter Twenty, Nash was challenged to solve the problem of what?

4. Who did the Republic of Korea fight in the Korean War?

5. When was the Rockefeller Foundation established?

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