A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what date did Eleanor give birth to Nash's son in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) June 19, 1953.
(b) November 4, 1955.
(c) May 12, 1952.
(d) October 31, 1951.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The one requirement at Princeton in the mathematics department when Nash attended in Chapter Four was that the students attend what daily?

3. Chapter Eleven describes Nash's friendship with Lloyd Shapley which began in what year?

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

5. Where did John Forbes Nash, Sr. work during the Depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the political atmosphere described in Chapter Nineteen? How did it affect the faculty at MIT?

2. What became of the meeting between John Forbes Nash, Jr. and John von Neumann in Chapter Ten?

3. When was Nash's first son born? How did Nash respond to his son's birth in Chapter Twenty-Three?

4. How does the author describe the mathematics department at Princeton in Chapter Four? How was grading determined?

5. How old was Nash when he arrived at Princeton? What year was it? In what areas was Princeton building its faculty at this time?

6. What paper does the author describe that Nash wrote in Chapter Nine? What did the paper examine?

7. What led to Nash's work with manifolds in Chapter Fifteen? What did his theorem state?

8. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. grow up? How were Nash's parents described in Chapter One?

9. How is Nash's relationship with Jack Bricker described in Chapter Twenty-Four?

10. To what faculty members was Nash most closely associated at Princeton, as described by the author in Chapter Five?

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