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

2. What did Littlewood and Hardy see as mathematically important?
(a) Ramanujan's use of irrational numbers.
(b) Ramanujan's nested square roots.
(c) Ramanujan's detailed proofs.
(d) Ramanujan's infinite series.

3. How does Kanigel say Ramanujan saw himself when he was returning to India?
(a) A complete failure.
(b) A demi-god.
(c) Not successful.
(d) A celebrity.

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

5. When do mathematicians believe Ramanujan did his best work?
(a) During his illness.
(b) On the ship back to India.
(c) At Cambridge.
(d) Before he left for England.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Kanigel say prevented Ramanujan from getting the care he needed?

5. How was Ramanujan treated on his return?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Ramanujan's trip to England.

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

5. What is a formalist in mathematical thinking?

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

7. What has been the impact of Ramanujan's work?

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

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

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

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