Prisoner's Dilemma Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Several famous RAND studies looked at how the public would respond to contact with aliens and life after what?

2. John von Neumann helped a company move its _____ computers to digital, stored binary computers.

3. In what country did von Neumann earn his PhD in mathematics?

4. What is it called when both rational opposing parties choose an equal division in a game?

5. In Chapter 3 we are presented with examples of games that use mixed strategies, but this does not include which game below?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Kriegspiel different from Chess or Tic-tac-toe?

2. What is a minimax solution and saddle points?

3. What kind of studies did RAND conduct?

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

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

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

7. What is prisoner's dilemma?

8. What are zero-sum games?

9. What was the RAND Corporation?

10. What is Kriegspiel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Kriegspiel and where does it fit in the game theory arena in connection with how and when it was developed? How it was used and by whom? What were some of the social, political and military implications of this game?

Essay Topic 2

Why are Prisoner's Dilemma, Chicken, Deadlock, and Stag Hunt, all called social dilemmas? Why is the prisoner's dilemma considered the center of gravity for the other three games in relation to pay offs? Be sure to include how switching two of the pay offs in the order of preference helps derive each of the three games from the prisoner's dilemma.

Essay Topic 3

How did each of these people figure in the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union: Harold Urey, Klaus Fuchs, Douglas MacArthur, and Francis Matthews?

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