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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Extraordinary Sums of Leonhard Euler.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote a treatise that supposed that cubic equations may be impossible to solve?
(a) Luca Pacioli.
(b) Niccolo Fontana.
(c) Gerolamo Cardano.
(d) Scipione del Ferro.

2. Who was Euler's teacher?
(a) Isaac Newton.
(b) Jakob Bernoulli.
(c) Johann Bernoulli.
(d) Gottfried Leibniz.

3. Where was Neil's Abel from?
(a) Norway.
(b) Ireland.
(c) Great Britian,
(d) Finland.

4. Which of the following was one of Euclid's great theorems?
(a) Prime numbers are more comples than discrete numbers.
(b) There exists an infinite number of prime numbers.
(c) There exists only infinite and whole numbers.
(d) There exists an finite number of prime numbers.

5. What was Euclid's definition of a prime number?
(a) Numbers which are divisible by 2.
(b) Numbers which contain an infinite number of composite numbers.
(c) Numbers which can only be divided by themselves and 1.
(d) Numbers which do not, and can not, contain a perfect number.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a "depressed cubic"?

2. What was most noticeable about Euler at a young age?

3. Which mathematician was first to take the challenge to solve cubic equations?

4. Which of the following were an example of twin primes?

5. Which of the following could NOT be included as a step in Euclid's great theorem?

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