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

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

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

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

5. What did Hardy and his friends arrange for Ramanujan?
(a) A bureaucratic appointment.
(b) A teaching position.
(c) A research position.
(d) A sinecure.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did the divergent series 1+2+3+4+5... add up to in Ramanujan's notebooks?

3. Who was absent from the dock when Ramanujan's ship came in?

4. Based on his letter, what was Hardy trying to determine about Ramanujan?

5. What conflict did Ramanujan return to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problem kept Ramanujan from coming to England, as Hardy hoped he would?

2. In what way was Ramanujan's experience of England similar to Ghandi's?

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

4. What was Ramanujan's condition when he returned to India?

5. What was Ramanujan's decline like, and death?

6. Describe Ramanujan's trip to England.

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

8. What is a formalist in mathematical thinking?

9. Ramanujan kept extensive notes of his thinking. What was in Ramanujan's notebooks, and how much of his work was valuable, according to Kanigel?

10. How much did Ramanujan's bride share in his mathematical life?

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