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. Chapter Eleven describes Nash's friendship with Lloyd Shapley which began in what year?
(a) 1939.
(b) 1957.
(c) 1943.
(d) 1950.

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

3. John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived at Princeton in what year, in Chapter Three?
(a) 1941.
(b) 1952.
(c) 1955.
(d) 1948.

4. How much younger was John Forbes Nash, Jr. than his mistress Eleanor?
(a) Twenty-four years.
(b) Twelve years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Five years.

5. On what date did Eleanor give birth to Nash's son in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) November 4, 1955.
(b) May 12, 1952.
(c) October 31, 1951.
(d) June 19, 1953.

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

7. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. take mathematics classes while in high school?
(a) Bluefield College.
(b) The Carnegie Institute of Technology.
(c) MIT.
(d) The University of Chicago.

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

9. In Chapter Fourteen, Nash returned to Princeton to teach what while looking for a full-time position?
(a) Geometry.
(b) Calculus.
(c) Physics.
(d) Algebra.

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

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

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

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

14. Nash drove across country with his sister Martha and who during his second summer at RAND?
(a) Ruth Hincks.
(b) Robert Lowell.
(c) Reinhard Selten.
(d) Margaret Virginia Martin.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. With whom did Nash work on games during his second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen?

3. Who was the chairman of the mathematics department at Princeton when Nash began attending in Chapter Four?

4. 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?

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

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