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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. How did Ramanujan spend all his time on returning to India?
(a) On math.
(b) With his parents.
(c) At the school where he taught.
(d) With his wife.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who was Leonard Euler?
(a) A brilliant mathematician to whom Hardy compared Ramanujan.
(b) Hardy's protégé.
(c) A teacher at Cambridge.
(d) Ramanujan's tutor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Hardy and Neville nominate Ramanujan to become?

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

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

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

5. What was the result of Ramanujan clinging to his cultural practices?

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