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

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

3. What cultural practice did Ramanujan insist on, in Kanigel's account?
(a) Animal sacrifice.
(b) Daily prayers.
(c) Visiting Hindu shrines.
(d) Vegetarianism.

4. What is the state of Ramanujan's work now?
(a) Completely published and evaluated.
(b) Not completely published.
(c) Fragmentary.
(d) Not completely collected.

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

6. What did Ramanujan's Master Theorem attempt to do?
(a) Reduce infinite series to prime numbers.
(b) Integrate finite integrals.
(c) Formulate number theory.
(d) Solve Fermat's Last Theorem.

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

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

9. What was Ramanujan's intention when he returned home?
(a) To teach in India.
(b) To stay in India for a few years.
(c) Never to return to England.
(d) To bring his wife back to England.

10. What does Kanigel say prevented Ramanujan from getting the care he needed?
(a) His distance from the cultural centers.
(b) The Great War.
(c) His family's poverty.
(d) The fight between his wife and mother.

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

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

13. What was Euler's contribution to understanding partitions?
(a) A theorem about series.
(b) An algorithm, but without values.
(c) A functional approximation.
(d) Notes on the performance of nested square roots.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Kanigel describe the trip to England?

2. What did Hardy try to arrange after receiving Ramanujan's letter?

3. How long did the trip from India to England take?

4. What did NOT contribute to Ramanujan's discomfort during the sea voyage to England?

5. What was it that offended Ramanujan when he invited some friends to dinner?

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