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

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

2. Besides Bertrand Russell, what mathematician thought a new war between the U.S. and Soviet Union was inevitable once the conflict ended between the Allied and Axis powers?

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

4. In Chapter 1, as time runs out for the loved ones, each in a separate room what will each be tempted to do?

5. Who invited von Neumann to join the Manhattan Project?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are zero-sum games?

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

4. What is Kriegspiel?

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

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

7. What is the IAS?

8. Who is John Nash?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why was John von Neumann considered a child prodigy? How did his genius affect his academic, professional and personal life? Beginning with von Neumann's childhood, chronicle his milestones in connection with his great intellect.

Essay Topic 2

Prisoner's Dilemma and Chicken are two social dilemmas of fundamental importance in human affairs. Why? Explain the parameters of each dilemma in relation to real life and then discuss what makes each dilemma so important to human affairs. Also, conclude with which dilemma you feel is the most important of the two in regards to human affairs, and why.

Essay Topic 3

In regards to the Flood-Dresher experiment the author tells a story about honor among thieves to explain the prisoner's dilemma that was first discussed in a paper authored by Flood. What was the original Flood-Dresher experiment like? What are some inherent problems with this dilemma? How can they be resolved for the best possible outcome for each player? What is the worst possible outcome for each player in this game model?

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