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

2. With what country was the United States engaged in a "cold war?"
(a) Cuba.
(b) Germany.
(c) The Soviet Union.
(d) Korea.

3. RAND developed a nuclear fail safe strategy that held that a good second strike capability deterred a first strike by ensuring that the U.S. had plenty of what available?
(a) EMPs.
(b) MIRVs.
(c) ICBMs.
(d) "Fat Bombs."

4. Game theory, according to details in Chapter 3, is a ____ of conflict.
(a) Model.
(b) Trapdoor.
(c) Escalation.
(d) Solution.

5. What is the name of von Neumann's daughter from his first wife?
(a) Mariana.
(b) Martha.
(c) Marianne.
(d) Madeline.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many prisoner's dilemmas were played in the game's experiment, according to details in Chapter 6?

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

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

4. As a child prodigy, besides learning mathematics and other subjects, von Neumann also learned what language?

5. When a game does not have a saddle point, what strategy must be used?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is game theory according to Chapter 1 of "Prisoner's Dilemma?"

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

3. Why did Bertrand Russell suggest and believe in the merits of preemptive nuclear war?

4. Who are Mariette, Marianna, and Klara?

5. Where is von Neumann from and why was he considered a child prodigy?

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

7. Who is John Nash?

8. Why did Russell and von Neumann advocate preventative war during the Cold War?

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

10. What is Kriegspiel?

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