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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 religion did John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s parents adopt?
(a) Episcopalian.
(b) Scientology.
(c) Mormonism.
(d) Buddhism.

2. 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) Psychic information.
(b) Perfect information.
(c) Incontrovertable evidence.
(d) Complete data.

3. Princeton was building its faculty in what areas when John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived in Chapter Three?
(a) Mathematics and Physics.
(b) Foreign languages.
(c) Geology and Earth Sciences.
(d) Psychology.

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

5. Where did Nash, his sister and friend rent a small apartment during Nash's second summer at RAND?
(a) Las Vegas.
(b) Phoenix.
(c) Santa Barbara.
(d) San Francisco.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was John Forbes Nash, Jr. when he arrived at Princeton in Chapter Three?

2. When was John von Neumann born?

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

4. In Chapter Twenty, Nash was challenged to solve the problem of what?

5. Who did the Republic of Korea fight in the Korean War?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Nash's thesis for Princeton described in Chapter Ten? What significance did it have?

4. What was John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s reputation in his second year of college, as described in Chapter Two? Where did he decide to go to graduate school?

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

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

7. Why did Nash refuse a permanent position at RAND in Chapter Fourteen? Where did he go instead?

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

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

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

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