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. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. meet Eleanor in Chapter Twenty-Three?
(a) A church mass.
(b) A bus stop.
(c) A Boston hospital.
(d) A library.

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

3. Who co-authored The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior with John von Neumann?
(a) Solomon Lefschetz.
(b) Albert Einstein.
(c) Norman Steenrod.
(d) Oskar Morgenstern.

4. When did Joseph McCarthy die?
(a) 1957.
(b) 1963.
(c) 1971.
(d) 1945.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where did Nash, his sister and friend rent a small apartment during Nash's second summer at RAND?

3. John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s maternal grandfather held what profession?

4. Kriegspiel refers to a chess variant based upon the original "Kriegsspiel" developed by whom?

5. What refers to a research and development program, led by the United States with participation from the United Kingdom and Canada, that produced the first atomic bomb during World War II?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What work did Nash do during his second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen? With whom did he work?

7. How are John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s experiences in college described in Chapter Two?

8. How is Nash's relationship to Lloyd Shapley described in Chapter Eleven?

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

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

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