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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. 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) Ethical.
(c) Scientific.
(d) Legal.

2. During the Cold War "mutually assured ___" was the deterrence doctrine of the time.
(a) Success.
(b) Destruction.
(c) Development.
(d) Peace.

3. 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.
(a) Maximum.
(b) Pure.
(c) Equal.
(d) Minimum.

4. Shortly after earning his PhD in mathematics, von Neumann moved to what country for a teaching position?
(a) Germany.
(b) Israel.
(c) Brazil.
(d) The United States.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was in charge of the Air Force when it provided funding to RAND?

2. Before ever making his memorable contribution for the development of game theory von Neumann was already known as the "best ______ in the world."

3. Which one of von Neumann's colleagues, though a left wing pacifist, joined with him in advocating preventative nuclear war against the Soviet Union?

4. Which game was popular in the IAS lunch rooms?

5. In the divide the cake game the chooser seeks to minimize the ___ piece of cake the cutter will receive.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was von Neumann considered the "best brain in the world?"

2. Besides all his work on the Manhattan Project, von Neumann also found time to help IBM. How did he help this company?

3. Who originally suggested the RAND corporation and for what purpose?

4. What is Kriegspiel?

5. What was the Manhattan Project?

6. Who is Merrill Flood?

7. What was the Princeton social scene like while von Neumann was at IAS?

8. How did von Neumann end up at Princeton after earning his PhD in mathematics?

9. What is prisoner's dilemma?

10. What kind of studies did RAND conduct?

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