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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. Which mathematician was first to take the challenge to solve cubic equations?
(a) Niccolo Fontana.
(b) Luca Pacioli.
(c) Scipione del Ferro.
(d) Tartaglia.

2. What shape was NOT demonstrated in the Elements as having a relationship to other shapes?
(a) Pentagon.
(b) Hyperbola.
(c) Triangle.
(d) Hexagon.

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

4. Why did Cardano take an oath to secrecy?
(a) It was the only way to get Tartaglia's solution to cubic equations.
(b) It was the only way to get his book published.
(c) It was the only way he could become a priest,
(d) It was to the only way to win the contest with Fior,

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In general, what did Euclid's number theory describe?

2. Who was Neil's Abel?

3. Who was del Ferro's student?

4. Who challenged Tartaglia to a contest to solve cubic equations?

5. What didn't Euler attempt?

(see the answer key)

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