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. The one requirement at Princeton in the mathematics department when Nash attended in Chapter Four was that the students attend what daily?
(a) Church services.
(b) McAnderson's lecture.
(c) A faculty tea.
(d) Student meetings.

2. What year was it when Nash chose who he wanted to be his thesis advisor in Chapter Ten?
(a) 1949.
(b) 1953.
(c) 1942.
(d) 1958.

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

4. Nash drove across country with his sister Martha and who during his second summer at RAND?
(a) Margaret Virginia Martin.
(b) Reinhard Selten.
(c) Robert Lowell.
(d) Ruth Hincks.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Who was Lloyd Shapley's father?

3. What is the name of the child John Forbes Nash, Jr. had with Eleanor in Chapter Twenty-Three?

4. With whom did Nash work on games during his second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen?

5. RAND conducted experiments in games to see if the players did what, in Chapter Eighteen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author write about Nash's involvement with games in Chapter Six?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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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