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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. When a game does not have a saddle point, what strategy must be used?
(a) Maximum.
(b) Pure.
(c) Mixed.
(d) Equal.

2. 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) Equal.
(c) Pure.
(d) Minimum.

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

4. In prisoner's dilemma a ____ action will be bad for both parties,which is a problem game theory seeks to understand.
(a) Selfish.
(b) Simple.
(c) Rational.
(d) Irrational.

5. Kriegspiel is what is termed an "____" information game.
(a) Calculated.
(b) Infinite.
(c) Finite.
(d) Imperfect.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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 ____.

2. How old was von Neumann's daughter from his first marriage when she moved in with him?

3. What was the first name of von Neumann's first wife?

4. The Manhattan Project was a secret U.S. government program to build what?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the IAS?

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

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

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

6. What were the results of Flood's experimental prisoner's dilemmas?

7. What did Merrill Flood observe and conclude about his RAND colleagues as they left California at the end of summer?

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

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

10. What is prisoner's dilemma?

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