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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Besides Einstein, von Neumann was in the presence of such great thinkers as ____ at the IAS.
(a) Graham.
(b) Edison.
(c) Oppenheimer.
(d) Alois Alzheimer.

2. According to Chapter 3, von Neumann concerned himself with what type of games, where in order for one person to gain, another person must lose?
(a) Non-zero sum games.
(b) N-person games.
(c) Non-cooperative games.
(d) Zero-sum games.

3. How old was von Neumann when he was invited to teach a course at Princeton?
(a) 20.
(b) 32.
(c) 25.
(d) 26.

4. During von Neumann's time on the Princeton social scene, he attended numerous parties and his drink of choice was what?
(a) Bourbon.
(b) Scotch.
(c) Whiskey.
(d) Wine.

5. What philosopher advocated a world government for peace?
(a) Hilbert.
(b) Cun.
(c) Russell.
(d) Alchian.

6. Whose last work was an attempt to design a human brain based computer.
(a) John Nash.
(b) John von Neumann.
(c) David Hilbert.
(d) Kurt Godel.

7. Who developed a mathematical way to extend von Neumann's game theory beyond the original game theory insights?
(a) John Nash.
(b) David Hilbert.
(c) Kurt Godel.
(d) Merrill Flood.

8. David Hilbert was a great ____.
(a) Physicist.
(b) Mathematician.
(c) Philosophy thinker.
(d) Economist.

9. The RAND institute at one time had every great U.S. and free world mathematician, physicist and ____ working there.
(a) Philosopher.
(b) Economist.
(c) Geologist.
(d) Topologist.

10. John von Neumann helped a company move its _____ computers to digital, stored binary computers.
(a) Graphics systems.
(b) Analog.
(c) Relay-based.
(d) Transistor.

11. What was the first name of von Neumann's second wife?
(a) Kathy.
(b) Kasey.
(c) Klara.
(d) Katherine.

12. Several famous RAND studies looked at how the public would respond to contact with aliens and life after what?
(a) An alien abduction.
(b) Chemical warfare.
(c) A near death experience.
(d) A nuclear war.

13. Who originally suggested the RAND Corporation as a research and development institute?
(a) I.A.S.
(b) President Truman.
(c) Douglas Aircraft.
(d) General Douglas MacArthur.

14. Which game was popular in the IAS lunch rooms?
(a) Chess.
(b) Poker.
(c) Tic-tac-toe.
(d) Kriegspiel.

15. Who played Kriegspiel as a boy?
(a) Robert Axelrod.
(b) John Nash.
(c) John von Neumann.
(d) Merrill Flood.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the equilibrium solution is used in the prisoner's dilemma game model it leads to mutual ____.

2. Game theory involves competitive games between perfectly ____ and opposed players.

3. In Chapter 1, as time runs out for the loved ones, each in a separate room what will each be tempted to do?

4. John von Neumann's original game theory was extended to find an equilibrium solution to what kind of games?

5. Who invited von Neumann to join the Manhattan Project?

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