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

2. The first signs of John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s mental deterioration appeared in what year, according to the Prologue?
(a) 1959.
(b) 1967.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1948.

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

4. What is the last name of Eleanor, the woman with whom Nash had an affair in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) Stier.
(b) Flexner.
(c) Morgenstern.
(d) Harsanyi.

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

6. With whom did Nash work on games during his second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen?
(a) Albert Tucker.
(b) Warren Ambrose.
(c) Robert Lowell.
(d) John Milnor.

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

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

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

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

11. 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?
(a) Project Atomic.
(b) Project Destruction.
(c) The Manhattan Project.
(d) The Roswell Project.

12. In Chapter Fifteen, Nash began to study the area of what?
(a) Manifolds.
(b) The continuum hypothesis.
(c) Game theory.
(d) Riemann's Hypothesis.

13. John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived at Princeton in what month?
(a) August.
(b) May.
(c) September.
(d) December.

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

15. 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) Two.
(b) Eleven.
(c) Seven.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who co-authored The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior with John von Neumann?

2. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s maternal grandfather held what profession?

3. When was the original "Kriegsspiel" game developed?

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

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

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