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

2. How was Ramanujan treated on his return?
(a) As an outcast.
(b) As a celebrity.
(c) As an exile.
(d) As an untouchable.

3. What did Hardy decide after conferring with John Littlewood?
(a) That Ramanujan was a small thinker.
(b) That Ramanujan was dangerous.
(c) That Ramanujan was a genius.
(d) That Ramanujan was unstable.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Ramanujan's Master Theorem attempt to do?

3. What did Ramanujan work out in his research on constants?

4. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan's dress?

5. Who is NOT included in the list of people who have benefited from Ramanujan's work, in Kanigel's account?

Short Essay Questions

1. What accolades did Ramanujan receive for his work?

2. What was the conflict between Ramanujan's family and his wife?

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

4. What did Ramanujan write to Hardy?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What did Hardy do with Ramanujan's letter?

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