The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius, Ramanujan Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In his letter to Hardy, what was the importance of the thing Ramanujan claimed to have discovered?
(a) It was just being discovered simultaneously at other math departments.
(b) It had been a mystery for years.
(c) No one under thirty had even tried it.
(d) It was already common knowledge.

3. What did Ramanujan and Hardy develop for working with partitions?
(a) The circle method.
(b) Nested square roots.
(c) A refinement of Euler's suggestion.
(d) A precise method for determining partitions for prime numbers.

4. What did the divergent series 1+2+3+4+5... add up to in Ramanujan's notebooks?
(a) 39.
(b) Infinity.
(c) 7.
(d) -1/12.

5. What did Hardy try to arrange after receiving Ramanujan's letter?
(a) A meeting with Ramanujan.
(b) Ramanujan's passage to England.
(c) A scholarship for Ramanujan in India.
(d) A teaching position for Ramanujan.

6. What value did Ramanujan work with at Cambridge?
(a) Avogadro's number.
(b) Pi.
(c) Chaitin's constant.
(d) Real numbers.

7. When did Ramanujan die?
(a) 1947.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1923.
(d) 1939.

8. Who met Ramanujan in England?
(a) Hardy.
(b) John Littlewood.
(c) Neville.
(d) Euler.

9. How does Kanigel say Ramanujan saw himself when he was returning to India?
(a) A demi-god.
(b) A complete failure.
(c) Not successful.
(d) A celebrity.

10. How does Kanigel describe John Littlewood?
(a) A therapist.
(b) A bureaucrat.
(c) A consultant.
(d) A math prodigy.

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

12. What does Kanigel say characterized Indian intellectuals' experience at Cambridge?
(a) Frustration.
(b) Disorientation.
(c) Alienation.
(d) Depression.

13. What was it that offended Ramanujan when he invited some friends to dinner?
(a) The friends wanted to use silverware.
(b) The friends criticized his cooking.
(c) The women declined a third helping.
(d) The men used salt.

14. What obstacle stood in the way of Hardy's plan?
(a) Ramanujan's intractability.
(b) Ramanujan's poverty.
(c) Ramanujan's resistance to sea travel.
(d) Ramanujan's inability to get a passport.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Ramanujan say he was willing to do in order to come to England?

3. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan's dress?

4. What does Kanigel say Ramanujan distrusted in English society?

5. Who is NOT included in the list of people who have benefited from Ramanujan's work, in Kanigel's account?

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