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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. Where would Ramanujan's technique of solving math problems run into difficulty?
(a) With Pi.
(b) With very large or very small numbers.
(c) With multi-variable formulas.
(d) With irrational numbers.

2. What makes 'A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics' notable, according to Kanigel?
(a) There is no explanation to the problems.
(b) The problems do not have solutions.
(c) The dissertation does not have a conclusion.
(d) The theorems do not have examples.

3. Where did Ramanujan eventually find work?
(a) His college.
(b) A high school.
(c) He worked for his patron.
(d) The British Indian Civil Service.

4. How does Kanigel describe education at Hardy's college?
(a) Students worked with tutors instead of taking classes.
(b) Students took a ferocious load of classes.
(c) Students followed their own inclination in study.
(d) Students worked together to make presentations to tutors.

5. What did Hardy dislike about his secondary education?
(a) Rigid discipline.
(b) Competitiveness.
(c) Emphasis on grades.
(d) Cricket.

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

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

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

9. Which person was NOT in the Bloomsbury Group?
(a) Virginia Woolf.
(b) John Maynard Keynes.
(c) G.E. Moore.
(d) James Joyce.

10. What was Ramanujan's college's nickname?
(a) Oxford of South India.
(b) Cambridge of South India.
(c) The Bollytechnicum.
(d) Harvard of South India.

11. What were the Tripos?
(a) Written exams.
(b) Physical evaluations.
(c) A secret society.
(d) Oral exams.

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

13. Who wrote 'A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics'?
(a) George Carr.
(b) Enrico Betti.
(c) William George Horner.
(d) Frank Nelson Cole.

14. What was the effect of Ramanujan's childhood smallpox?
(a) Partial deafness.
(b) A limp.
(c) Spinal deformity.
(d) Pockmarks.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Ramanujan born?

2. What was Ramanujan's family's status?

3. What did Ramanujan's parents do in response to their impatience?

4. When would Ramanujan and his wife consummate their marriage?

5. Why did Ramanujan leave school?

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