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

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

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

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

5. 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) Albert Einstein.
(c) Norman Steenrod.
(d) John Milnor.

6. The first signs of John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s mental deterioration appeared in what year, according to the Prologue?
(a) 1967.
(b) 1948.
(c) 1959.
(d) 1969.

7. RAND was set up in what year as Project RAND?
(a) 1939.
(b) 1946.
(c) 1951.
(d) 1953.

8. When was Joseph McCarthy born?
(a) 1916.
(b) 1892.
(c) 1875.
(d) 1908.

9. Joseph McCarthy served as a Republican U.S. Senator from what state?
(a) Ohio.
(b) New Mexico.
(c) Louisiana.
(d) Wisconsin.

10. Nash's first infatuation with a man was with whom, as described in Chapter Twenty-Two?
(a) Oskar Morgenstern.
(b) Norman Steenrod.
(c) Ervin Thorson.
(d) Henry Michael Temple.

11. Where did Nash, his sister and friend rent a small apartment during Nash's second summer at RAND?
(a) Phoenix.
(b) Santa Barbara.
(c) San Francisco.
(d) Las Vegas.

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

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

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) The Manhattan Project.
(b) Project Atomic.
(c) Project Destruction.
(d) The Roswell Project.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When was the original "Kriegsspiel" game developed?

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

4. John Forbes Nash, Jr. became interested in mathematics in his youth while reading what book?

5. Nash invented a game of strategy at Princeton and what fellow student made the board for the game?

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