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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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) Incontrovertable evidence.
(c) Complete data.
(d) Psychic information.

8. Nash's first infatuation with a man was in summer of what year?
(a) 1952.
(b) 1957.
(c) 1945.
(d) 1941.

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

11. Where was John von Neumann born?
(a) Budapest.
(b) London.
(c) Los Angeles.
(d) Cairo.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Nash drove across country with his sister Martha and who during his second summer at RAND?

2. RAND was set up in what year as Project RAND?

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

4. Where is MIT located?

5. When was Joseph McCarthy born?

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