Prisoner's Dilemma Test | Final 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. Before the game of chicken what game model did many believe nuclear warfare was like?

2. In a game of chicken, what happens if both parties swerve simultaneously?

3. In what year was von Neumann appointed Atomic Energy Commissioner?

4. Who was President of the United States when the nuclear debate came to a head and a study resulted to determine how many bombs the U.S. actually had?

5. Due to his deteriorating health von Neumann was confined to a wheelchair in ___.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the tournaments operate?

2. What did a study reveal about the available bombs in the U.S. in 1947 and 1950?

3. In relation to Russian nuclear capability who was Klaus Fuchs?

4. What is Bully?

5. What four games are two-person symmetric as detailed in Chapter 11?

6. What game did people think nuclear warfare modeled and why did this change?

7. What were the Ohio State studies?

8. What is backwards induction?

9. What is SAGE and why was it developed?

10. Why did von Neumann's views about military technology in modern society change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1971 Martin Shubik published the dollar auction in a 1971 paper and is generally credited as the inventor of this game. What was involved in a game called "so long sucker?" Who collaborated on this game and how did it lead to the development of the dollar auction? How does Shubik describe a dollar auction and what makes it different from an auction at Sotheby's? What applications did the dollar auction have to real life and how did the dollar auction embody the non-rational behavior that many expected in game theory games as part of the logic of escalation in conflict?

Essay Topic 2

John von Neumann made significant contributions to military technology in connection with nuclear war. Yet as he got older he became pessimistic about the role of technology, especially military technology in modern society. What contributions did von Neumann make in military technology? Why did von Neumann become increasingly pessimistic about such technology in the modern world? Were his concerns valid? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In real life dollar auctions the author writes about how many a justifiable action, in looking back, becomes the first "defection" in an escalating dilemma. How can you penalize the first bidder for not wanting to waste the "ninety-nine cent profit?" In relation to the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union what was the defection? Why was there a defection and how did this dilemma escalate as both sides designed more and more nuclear weapons?

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