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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The RAND Corporation became know for "___" the unthinkable as they considered problems arising in varied situations?
(a) Saying.
(b) Doing.
(c) Thinking.
(d) Recommending.

2. When the equilibrium solution is used in the prisoner's dilemma game model it leads to mutual ____.
(a) Punishment.
(b) Benefits.
(c) Cooperation.
(d) Defection.

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

4. Who had John Stuart Mill briefly as a tutor?
(a) Hilbert.
(b) von Neumann.
(c) Nash.
(d) Russell.

5. In Chapter 1 the author gives examples of hypothetical situations that deal with some kind of ___ problem, such as the two people in different rooms who have to decide whether to push a button.
(a) Mathematical.
(b) Scientific.
(c) Ethical.
(d) Legal.

6. What was the last name of von Neumann's second wife?
(a) William.
(b) Dan.
(c) Paul.
(d) Robert.

7. In Chapter 6 one of von Neumann's RAND colleagues in the 1950s was mentioned as whom?
(a) John Nash.
(b) David Hilbert.
(c) Kurt Godel.
(d) Merrill Flood.

8. In the 1950s and 1960s many viewed international conflict, and specifically ____ as a kind of prisoner's dilemma.
(a) Political conflicts.
(b) Nuclear conflict.
(c) Human rights conflicts.
(d) Militia led conflicts.

9. Before ever making his memorable contribution for the development of game theory von Neumann was already known as the "best ______ in the world."
(a) Scientist.
(b) Thinker.
(c) Brain.
(d) Mathematician.

10. John von Neumann worked with what company to help design a faster, more compact computer?
(a) Rand.
(b) Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corp.
(c) International Business Machines.
(d) Nixdorf Computer Corp.

11. In Chapter 1 if the person in one of the rooms pushes the button before their loved one in another room their loved one will be ____.
(a) Fed.
(b) Starved.
(c) Saved.
(d) Killed.

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

13. What country did some feel stood in the way of a world government and should be bombed?
(a) Japan.
(b) China.
(c) The Soviet Union.
(d) North Korea.

14. Who helped develop a strategy of how to use the bomb to end the war in Japan?
(a) John Nash.
(b) Merrill Flood.
(c) Robert Axelrod.
(d) John von Neumann.

15. Prussians issued Kriegspiel to every ____.
(a) Patrol.
(b) Platoon.
(c) Regiment.
(d) Squad.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of von Neumann's friends and colleague used game theory to help the Allies improve bombing efficacy in Europe?

2. In what year was von Neumann invited to join the Manhattan Project?

3. Prussian ___ were required to play Kriegspiel.

4. The minimax theorem states that every two-person game that is completely defined and where players are completely opposed, will have a solution in either ____ or mixed strategy.

5. When did the RAND Corporation become home to many distinguished scientists?

(see the answer keys)

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