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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 does Kanigel say was Ramanujan's greatest talent?
(a) His intuition.
(b) His calculations.
(c) His perception.
(d) His associative abilities.

2. How did Ramanujan see himself socially, according to Kanigel?
(a) As a Brahmin.
(b) As a citizen.
(c) As a mathematician.
(d) As a celebrity.

3. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan's dress?
(a) English dress.
(b) A hybrid of Indian and English.
(c) Traditional Indian dress.
(d) A unique brand of slovenliness all his own.

4. Who learned of Ramanujan's arrival by the newspapers?
(a) His old patron.
(b) His wife.
(c) His in-laws.
(d) His mother.

5. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan as a mathematical thinker?
(a) Classicist.
(b) Formalist.
(c) Constructivist.
(d) Radical.

6. What conflict did Ramanujan return to?
(a) His mother and father.
(b) His father and the authorities.
(c) His parents with his in-laws.
(d) His wife and his mother.

7. How much of Ramanujan's work did Hardy believe was sound and original?
(a) Five to ten percent.
(b) One to two thirds.
(c) Half to three quarters.
(d) Almost all of it.

8. To what extent does Kanigel say Ramanujan blended in with Cambridge society?
(a) Not very much.
(b) He was always in between cultures.
(c) Thoroughly.
(d) He remained hostile to it.

9. When did Ramanujan write to Hardy?
(a) 1913.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1909.
(d) 1916.

10. Who is NOT included in the list of people who have benefited from Ramanujan's work, in Kanigel's account?
(a) Surgeons.
(b) Physicists.
(c) Engineers.
(d) Computer scientists.

11. What did Ramanujan say he was willing to do in order to come to England?
(a) Work for Hardy.
(b) Borrow money.
(c) Be cast out of his Brahmin class.
(d) Abandon his wife.

12. How did Ramanujan respond to Hardy's request for proofs?
(a) He would send them if Hardy would help him financially.
(b) He said he could not produce them.
(c) He dragged his feet about sending them.
(d) He sent them immediately.

13. What practice does Kanigel say Ramanujan had difficulty adjusting to in England?
(a) Speaking English.
(b) Afternoon tea.
(c) Wearing shoes.
(d) English cooking.

14. What were Ramanujan and Hardy looking for in their work on partitions?
(a) A way to define the number of partitions precisely.
(b) A theorem that demonstrated how partitions operate in series.
(c) A point at which partitions broke down for prime numbers.
(d) A way to bridge partitions.

15. With whom did Ramanujan eventually begin to develop a real relationship, according to Kanigel?
(a) His old friends.
(b) His wife.
(c) His in-laws.
(d) His patron.

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspect of the English does Kanigel say affected Ramanujan?

2. What was the doctor's diagnosis of Ramanujan's illness?

3. What did Hardy and his friends arrange for Ramanujan?

4. How does Kanigel say Ramanujan passed his time on the ship?

5. Who developed an exact solution to the question of partitions?

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