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

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

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

4. On what date did the Korean War begin?
(a) December 8, 1958.
(b) June 25, 1950.
(c) May 4, 1935.
(d) September 22, 1942.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where did Nash's sister find a job during Nash's second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen?

3. Nash's first infatuation with a man was with whom, as described in Chapter Twenty-Two?

4. The first signs of John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s mental deterioration appeared in what year, according to the Prologue?

5. Who was the chairman of the mathematics department at Princeton when Nash began attending in Chapter Four?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where did Nash move in Chapter Sixteen? What job did he take and with whom did he work?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How was John Forbes Nash, Jr. described as a child in Chapter One? When did he develop an interest in mathematics?

9. Where did Nash meet Eleanor? How is their relationship described in Chapter Twenty-Three?

10. How was Nash perceived by faculty and his peers at Princeton in Chapter Five?

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