A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. John Forbes Nash, Jr. won a Westinghouse Scholarship to study where in Chapter One?

3. Who was the professor to whom Nash was closest at Princeton?

4. In Chapter Fourteen, Nash returned to Princeton to teach what while looking for a full-time position?

5. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. take mathematics classes while in high school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What led to Nash's work with manifolds in Chapter Fifteen? What did his theorem state?

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

10. How does the author describe the romantic life of John Forbes Nash, Jr. in Chapter Twenty-One?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Nash's relationship with Paul Cohen in 1958. What was Nash's career like during this year? What relationships did he form with the University of Chicago and Harvard University? Where was Nash working in 1958? Where did he want to work?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Korean War, Nash's draft status, and Nash's work within the field of manifolds. Why did Nash apply for deferment? Who supported him in his efforts to avoid the draft? Who coerced Nash to work with manifolds? What is the significance of Nash's work in the field?

Essay Topic 3

Describe John von Neumann, Oskar Morgenstern, The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, and "The Bargaining Problem." What was significant about the work of Morgenstern and von Neumann? How did it influence the work of John Forbes Nash, Jr.?

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