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

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

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

4. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan's relationship with his wife?
(a) Intimate.
(b) Friendly.
(c) Hostile.
(d) Almost non-existent.

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

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

7. What did Ramanujan work out in his research on constants?
(a) A foundation for Euler's constant.
(b) An approximation of pi.
(c) A solution to pi.
(d) A new use for Euler's constant.

8. What was proved correct in Ramanujan's work from this time?
(a) His theorems.
(b) His proofs.
(c) His assumptions.
(d) His conclusions.

9. What was the doctor's prescription for Ramanujan's condition?
(a) Surgery.
(b) Rest and care.
(c) Radiation.
(d) Physical activity.

10. Who developed an exact solution to the question of partitions?
(a) Hardy.
(b) Ramanujan.
(c) Euler.
(d) Later mathematicians.

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

12. What was Ramanujan interested in in this value?
(a) Underlying properties.
(b) Its infinite nature.
(c) The constant's irrationality.
(d) The constant's practical value.

13. What other Indian thinker does Kanigel compare Ramanujan's experience with?
(a) Ghandi.
(b) Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.
(c) Anant Raje.
(d) Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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

15. What was proved incorrect in Ramanujan's work from this time?
(a) His theorems.
(b) His proofs.
(c) His assumptions.
(d) His conclusions.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who met Ramanujan in England?

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