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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. What does IAS stand for?
(a) Institute for Armament Strategies.
(b) Institute for Advanced Studies.
(c) Institute of Armament Strategies.
(d) Institute in Advanced Studies.

2. John Nash, a brilliant unbalanced mathematician, was von Neumann's old colleague who reconnected with him where?
(a) At RAND.
(b) At Princeton.
(c) At the Manhattan Project.
(d) At IBM.

3. Game theory involves competitive games between perfectly ____ and opposed players.
(a) Irrational.
(b) Rational.
(c) Matched.
(d) Equal.

4. In Chapter 5 it is mentioned that the RAND Corporation became known as what type of place?
(a) The best brains in the world.
(b) A think tank.
(c) A government conspiracy operation.
(d) A funding black hole.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who conducted an experiment to see how real people would respond in the prisoner's dilemma game model?

2. During von Neumann's time on the Princeton social scene, he attended numerous parties and his drink of choice was what?

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

4. In the game prisoner's dilemma the police separate the two criminals into ______ .

5. In what century did Kriegspiel become popular among the Prussians?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Mariette, Marianna, and Klara?

2. Why do Poker and Baseball involve mixed strategies?

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

4. What kind of studies did RAND conduct?

5. When was the Cold War and who was involved?

6. How did the Nash equilibrium strategy affect the prisoner's dilemma game model?

7. What are zero-sum games?

8. What are the details of one of the ethical dilemmas described in Chapter 1 of "Prisoner's Dilemma"?

9. What was the doctrine of deterrence during the Cold War and what did it mean?

10. How does von Neumann's game theory relate to economics?

(see the answer keys)

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