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Robert Kanigel
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were Ramanujan's parents getting impatient with?
(a) Ramanujan's failure to win prizes.
(b) Ramanujan's sloth.
(c) Ramanujan's scribbling in notebooks.
(d) Ramanujan's insubordination.

2. How does Kanigel say Ramanujan would solve math problems?
(a) By solving one part at a time.
(b) By adding numbers to formulas.
(c) By turning values into variables.
(d) He would intuit the solution.

3. Who were the Senior Wranglers?
(a) Students whose parents could not afford school on their own.
(b) Students who played rugby or soccer/football.
(c) Academic celebrities.
(d) Students who struggled.

4. How long after the wedding would it take before Janaki joined Ramanujan?
(a) Three years.
(b) Five years.
(c) Seven years.
(d) Nine years.

5. When did Ramanujan win a scholarship for his math skills?
(a) After high school.
(b) After middle school.
(c) During high school.
(d) After college.

6. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan as a potential husband?
(a) Uninteresting.
(b) Frightful.
(c) Undesirable.
(d) Appealing.

7. For how long would Ramanujan's condition persist?
(a) A few months.
(b) The rest of his life.
(c) A few years.
(d) A few weeks.

8. What was uncommon about Ramanujan's physique?
(a) He was overweight.
(b) He had six fingers on each hand.
(c) He had a limp.
(d) He had a humpback.

9. How does Kanigel characterize Ramanujan's developing approach to math?
(a) Semi-religious.
(b) Pragmatic.
(c) Materialistic.
(d) Irreverent.

10. What did Ramanujan use as evidence of his credentials in interviews?
(a) His letters of reference.
(b) His resume.
(c) Falsified diplomas.
(d) His math notebooks.

11. What did Ramanujan do while he waited for his wife?
(a) Travel South India.
(b) Live with his parents.
(c) Travel through Asia.
(d) Take a job in Madras.

12. What is a nested square root?
(a) A series of square roots that resolve to prime numbers.
(b) The framework of assumptions within which a series of square roots resolves to a negative number.
(c) An infinite series of square roots.
(d) A series of square roots of square roots.

13. What energy does Kanigel say Ramanujan redirected into mathematics?
(a) Sexual desire.
(b) Political restlessness.
(c) Religious devotion.
(d) Troublemaking.

14. What was Hardy's experience of secondary education like, according to Kanigel?
(a) It transformed him into an upstanding citizen.
(b) He passed through without distinction.
(c) He hated it.
(d) He loved it.

15. What was Ramanujan's family's status?
(a) Poor.
(b) Not very rich.
(c) Wealthy.
(d) Impoverished.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Hardy need to excel on the entrance exams for secondary education?

2. How does Kanigel characterize Ramanujan's tutoring?

3. Where did families NOT look for wives for their sons in India in Ramanujan's time?

4. Why did Ramanujan leave school?

5. When was Ramanujan born?

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