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. Nash's theorem in Chapter Fifteen basically said that it is possible for every manifold to find a part that corresponds to what?
(a) A basic equation.
(b) The Intermediate object.
(c) The end object.
(d) The original object.

2. When did John von Neumann die?
(a) 1951.
(b) 1957.
(c) 1967.
(d) 1941.

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

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

5. In Chapter Fourteen, Nash didn't immediately secure a deferment from the draft but he had a delay until what date?
(a) February 15, 1950.
(b) August 9 1949.
(c) June 30, 1951.
(d) May 11, 1952.

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

7. Who did Nash ask to be his thesis advisor in Chapter Ten?
(a) Lloyd Shapley.
(b) Henry Michael Temple.
(c) Norman Steenrod.
(d) Albert Tucker.

8. Where did Nash's sister find a job during Nash's second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen?
(a) A library.
(b) A movie theatre.
(c) A bakery.
(d) A dentist's office.

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

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

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

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

13. Kriegspiel is German for what?
(a) Barking dog.
(b) War game.
(c) Automobile.
(d) Sausage.

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

15. In Chapter Ten, Nash developed an equilibrium point that could apply to more than two people and wasn't necessarily what?
(a) A zero-sum game.
(b) Mathematically accurate.
(c) A winnable game.
(d) A game that could be lost.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Albert Tucker when Nash mailed the first draft of his thesis to him in Chapter Ten?

2. 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?

3. Who was Lloyd Shapley's father?

4. Nash presented a talk on his work at the International Congress of Mathematics when in Chapter Fifteen?

5. Nash's first infatuation with a man was in summer of what year?

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