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 John von Neumann born?
(a) 1906.
(b) 1888.
(c) 1903.
(d) 1875.

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

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

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

5. Nash presented a talk on his work at the International Congress of Mathematics when in Chapter Fifteen?
(a) April, 1952.
(b) March, 1953.
(c) December, 1949.
(d) September, 1950.

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

7. In Chapter Twenty, Nash antagonized a colleague named what?
(a) Warren Ambrose.
(b) Jack Bricker.
(c) Solomon Lefschetz.
(d) Norman Steenrod.

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

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

10. In game theory, what describes the situation when a player has available the same information to determine all of the possible games as would be available at the end of the game?
(a) Perfect information.
(b) Complete data.
(c) Psychic information.
(d) Incontrovertable evidence.

11. Where was Lloyd Shapley from?
(a) Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(b) St. Louis, Missouri.
(c) Bangor, Maine.
(d) Miami, Florida.

12. Kriegspiel refers to a chess variant invented by whom in 1899?
(a) Lloyd Shapley.
(b) Georg von Rassewitz.
(c) Albert Einstein.
(d) Henry Michael Temple.

13. What profession did John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s mother hold before she married?
(a) Nurse.
(b) Secretary.
(c) Bus driver.
(d) Teacher.

14. RAND Corporation first formed to offer research and analysis to the United States armed forces by what American aerospace manufacturer?
(a) RCA.
(b) Cesna.
(c) Boeing.
(d) Douglas Aircraft Company.

15. According to the Prologue, John Forbes Nash, Jr. became well known as a mathematician in what year?
(a) 1964.
(b) 1948.
(c) 1937.
(d) 1955.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. take mathematics classes while in high school?

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

3. How much younger was John Forbes Nash, Jr. than his mistress Eleanor?

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

5. 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?

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