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

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

3. 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?
(a) Three.
(b) Eleven.
(c) Two.
(d) Seven.

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

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

6. John Forbes Nash, Jr. was born on what date?
(a) November 25, 1935.
(b) October 19, 1940.
(c) January 2, 1913.
(d) June 13, 1928.

7. Princeton was building its faculty in what areas when John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived in Chapter Three?
(a) Geology and Earth Sciences.
(b) Mathematics and Physics.
(c) Psychology.
(d) Foreign languages.

8. Where is MIT located?
(a) Boston, Massachusets.
(b) Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(c) Butte, Montana.
(d) Billings, Montana.

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

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

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

12. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s thesis for Princeton became known as what, as described in Chapter Ten?
(a) Game theory.
(b) A zero-sum game.
(c) The continuum hypothesis.
(d) Nash equilibrium.

13. Who was the chairman of the mathematics department at Princeton when Nash began attending in Chapter Four?
(a) John David Stier.
(b) Norman Steenrod.
(c) Albert Einstein.
(d) Solomon Lefschetz.

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

15. Between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-nine, Nash had how many children?
(a) Four.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Joseph McCarthy die?

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

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

4. Between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-nine, Nash had relationships with how many men?

5. Where was Lloyd Shapley from?

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