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. What is a situation in which no player can improve his situation in game theory?
(a) A zero-sum game.
(b) Stalemate.
(c) End game.
(d) Equilibrium.

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

3. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s relationship with Eleanor lasted until what year?
(a) 1957.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1960.
(d) 1956.

4. John Forbes Nash, Jr. won a Westinghouse Scholarship to study where in Chapter One?
(a) MIT.
(b) The Carnegie Institute of Technology.
(c) The University of Chicago.
(d) Bluefield College.

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

6. What is the name of the child John Forbes Nash, Jr. had with Eleanor in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) Michael Jacob Nash.
(b) Robert Lewis Stier.
(c) Thomas Abraham Nash.
(d) John David Stier.

7. 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) Seven.
(d) Two.

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

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

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

11. Chapter Nineteen focuses on the McCarthy era in the spring of what year?
(a) 1953.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1948.
(d) 1944.

12. On what date did John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s parents marry?
(a) September 6, 1924.
(b) June 4, 1919.
(c) April 13, 1933.
(d) May 28, 1927.

13. In Chapter Twenty, Nash was challenged to solve the problem of what?
(a) The Pythagoreon Theorum.
(b) Manifolds.
(c) Game theory.
(d) The Manhattan Project.

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

15. What was the name of John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s mother?
(a) Margaret.
(b) Rebecca.
(c) Betsy.
(d) Cynthia.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year was it when Nash chose who he wanted to be his thesis advisor in Chapter Ten?

2. Where was Lloyd Shapley from?

3. RAND conducted experiments in games to see if the players did what, in Chapter Eighteen?

4. How many pages was John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s thesis in Chapter Ten?

5. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. meet Eleanor in Chapter Twenty-Three?

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