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

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

3. How was Ramanujan treated on his return?
(a) As an untouchable.
(b) As an outcast.
(c) As an exile.
(d) As a celebrity.

4. Who was Neville?
(a) Ramanujan's Tutor.
(b) Hardy's ambassador to Ramanujan.
(c) Ramanujan's ambassador to Hardy.
(d) The dean at the university where Ramanujan was doing his research.

5. What was the result of Ramanujan clinging to his cultural practices?
(a) He remained an outsider.
(b) He generated fear and hostility in those around him.
(c) He brought Indian culture to English intellectuals.
(d) He taught English students how to cook Indian dishes.

6. What did Ramanujan discover when his friend Mahalanobis read a puzzle from the paper?
(a) The constant that resolves series to prime numbers.
(b) A proof to all problems like that puzzle.
(c) The mystical nature of numbers.
(d) The value of pi.

7. How does Kanigel describe English society from Ramanujan's point-of-view?
(a) Malicious.
(b) Effete.
(c) Rarefied.
(d) Homogenous.

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

9. How does Kanigel describe the value of Ramanujan's discovery?
(a) It has yet to be disproved.
(b) It revised several major mathematic theorems.
(c) It is still used today.
(d) It predicts the behavior of certain celestial bodies.

10. What does Kanigel say Ramanujan distrusted in English society?
(a) High tea.
(b) Secret societies.
(c) Public transportation.
(d) School cafeterias.

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

12. How does Kanigel characterize Ramanujan's theorems and formulas?
(a) Immaculate.
(b) Almost incomprehensible.
(c) Odd by English standards.
(d) Universally recognizable.

13. Who did Ramanujan stay with in England?
(a) Neville.
(b) Hardy.
(c) Euler.
(d) John Littlewood.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Ramanujan petition Cambridge for?

2. What were Ramanujan and Hardy looking for in their work on partitions?

3. In his letter to Hardy, what did Ramanujan say he had discovered?

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

5. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan as a mathematical thinker?

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