The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius, Ramanujan Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Kanigel
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When would Ramanujan and his wife consummate their marriage?

2. What class was Ramanujan raised in?

3. What did Ramanujan's parents do in response to their impatience?

4. How does Kanigel describe education at Hardy's college?

5. Where did Ramanujan eventually find work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Hardy's experience at Winchester?

2. What gods did Ramanujan's family worship?

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

4. What does 'A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics' consist of?

5. What was the subject of the challenge Ramanujan set and then resolved in his first paper?

6. What accolades did Ramanujan receive for his work?

7. Describe Ramanujan's experience at Pachaiyappas College in Madras.

8. What led to Ramanujan getting married?

9. Where did Hardy go from Oxford?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What did Ramanujan use math for? What problems did he solve with it? Were they abstract mathematical problems, or life problems? How did math solve Ramanujan's life problems? Where did it fail to?

Essay Topic 2

What kind of mathematical thinker was Ramanujan? What kinds of problems was he attracted to, and how did he deploy his intelligence to solve them? What kinds of problems did he avoid?

Essay Topic 3

What were the two or three most influential influences in forming Ramanujan's character. What were the two or three most influential conflicts or absences or desires in shaping Ramanujan's character?

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