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. During his first semester at Princeton, Nash would arrange his morning walk so he could see whom taking his morning walk?
(a) Albert Einstein.
(b) Norman Steenrod.
(c) John Milnor.
(d) Lloyd Shapley.

2. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. take mathematics classes while in high school?
(a) The Carnegie Institute of Technology.
(b) Bluefield College.
(c) MIT.
(d) The University of Chicago.

3. Between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-nine, Nash had relationships with how many men?
(a) Three.
(b) Eight.
(c) Two.
(d) Zero.

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

5. Joseph McCarthy served as a Republican U.S. Senator from what state?
(a) Wisconsin.
(b) Ohio.
(c) Louisiana.
(d) New Mexico.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is MIT located?

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

3. Princeton was building its faculty in what areas when John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived in Chapter Three?

4. When did John von Neumann die?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who accompanied Nash in his second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen? Where did he live?

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

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

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

8. When did Nash begin working for RAND? How did his work there influence his thinking?

9. What is related regarding game theory in Chapter Eight? What important book changed the way that game theory was perceived?

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

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