The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius, Ramanujan Test | Final Test - Medium

Robert Kanigel
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the doctor's diagnosis of Ramanujan's illness?
(a) Tuberculosis.
(b) Depression.
(c) Heart disease.
(d) Cancer.

3. What society was Ramanujan elected to?
(a) The Academy of Sciences.
(b) The Apostles.
(c) Phi Beta Kappa.
(d) The Royal Society.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What practice does Kanigel say Ramanujan had difficulty adjusting to in England?

2. What did Ramanujan and Hardy develop for working with partitions?

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

4. What are partitions in math?

5. How does Kanigel describe English society from Ramanujan's point-of-view?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ramanujan's trip to England.

2. Describe Ramanujan and Hardy's work on partitions.

3. What did Ramanujan write to Hardy?

4. What was Ramanujan's response when Hardy asked him for proofs?

5. How was Ramanujan treated on his return to India?

6. What was Ramanujan's Master Theorem intended to do?

7. What problems did Ramanujan have on account of his Indian cultural practices?

8. What cultural practices did Ramanujan hold on to from India?

9. What did Ramanujan discover when P. C. Mahalanobis read him a puzzle one evening?

10. What was Ramanujan's relationship with Cambridge after he left for India?

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