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. What was Eleanor's profession when she met John Forbes Nash, Jr. in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) Nurse.
(b) Waitress.
(c) Librarian.
(d) Actress.

2. Who was Lloyd Shapley's father?
(a) John David Shapley.
(b) Norman Shapley.
(c) Harlow Shapley.
(d) Mark Shapley.

3. In Chapter Twenty, Nash antagonized a colleague named what?
(a) Warren Ambrose.
(b) Norman Steenrod.
(c) Solomon Lefschetz.
(d) Jack Bricker.

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

5. John Forbes Nash, Jr. became interested in mathematics at what age?
(a) 8.
(b) 13.
(c) 6.
(d) 23.

Short Answer Questions

1. Between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-nine, Nash had relationships with how many men?

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

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

4. Nash's theorem in Chapter Fifteen basically said that it is possible for every manifold to find a part that corresponds to what?

5. Nash invented a game of strategy at Princeton and what fellow student made the board for the game?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Nash worry about the onset of the Korean War in Chapter Fourteen? What actions did he take?

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

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

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

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

9. What led to Nash's theorem on manifolds in Chapter Twenty? What was the theory known as?

10. How does the author describe John von Neumann in Chapter Seven?

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