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 year was it when Nash chose who he wanted to be his thesis advisor in Chapter Ten?

2. Where was Albert Tucker when Nash mailed the first draft of his thesis to him in Chapter Ten?

3. John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived at Princeton in what month?

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

5. What refers to a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What new project did Nash begin working on in Chapter Thirty-Two? Why?

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

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

9. How is Nash's later life described in the Epilogue? What became of his relationship with Alicia?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss Nash's first institutionalization and his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. How did Nash's behavior change during this time? What were his colleagues' concerns? How old was Nash when symptoms of mental illness began to surface?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss Alicia Larde and the beginning of her relationship with Nash. How old was Alicia when she began dating Nash? How old was he? What attracted Alicia to Nash? How did he feel about her? What was Alicia's reaction to meeting Eleanor?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss Riemann's Hypothesis and nonlinear theory. What was Nash warned regarding Reimann's Hypothesis? What paper did Nash present at the World Congress of Mathematics? What was hypothesized in the paper? How was it received?

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