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

2. What does Kanigel say was Ramanujan's greatest talent?
(a) His intuition.
(b) His associative abilities.
(c) His calculations.
(d) His perception.

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

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

5. When did Ramanujan write to Hardy?
(a) 1913.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1916.
(d) 1909.

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

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

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

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

10. Who was absent from the dock when Ramanujan's ship came in?
(a) His mother.
(b) His wife.
(c) His friends.
(d) His father.

11. What did NOT contribute to Ramanujan's discomfort during the sea voyage to England?
(a) Seasickness.
(b) The temperatures.
(c) The strangers.
(d) Homesickness.

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

13. What are partitions in math?
(a) The separation between rational and irrational numbers.
(b) The distinctions between prime numbers and other numbers.
(c) The divisions between theorems and proofs.
(d) The number of ways to arrive at a number.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan when he returned to India?

2. How did Ramanujan spend all his time on returning to India?

3. Who learned of Ramanujan's arrival by the newspapers?

4. Who met Ramanujan in England?

5. What is the state of Ramanujan's work now?

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