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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. How many faculty members from MIT belonged to a Communist Party cell and were called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, as described in Chapter Nineteen?
(a) Seven.
(b) Eleven.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

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

3. Between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-nine, Nash had how many children?
(a) Three.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

4. With whom did Nash work on games during his second summer at RAND in Chapter Eighteen?
(a) Albert Tucker.
(b) Robert Lowell.
(c) John Milnor.
(d) Warren Ambrose.

5. RAND Corporation first formed to offer research and analysis to the United States armed forces by what American aerospace manufacturer?
(a) Douglas Aircraft Company.
(b) Boeing.
(c) Cesna.
(d) RCA.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Lloyd Shapley's father?

2. What profession did John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s mother hold before she married?

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

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

5. On what date did Eleanor give birth to Nash's son in Chapter Twenty-Three?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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