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

Robert Kanigel
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Describe the influence of education systems on Ramanujan's life. How much is he defined by the systems from which he came? How is he defined by other influences?

Was Ramanujan different 'as a person' than he was 'as a mathematician'? Did his work in math redeem the discomforts or failures he suffered elsewhere in his life? How does his life balance out--was he a mathematician, or a fully-developed human being, who could adjust to any number of human experiences?

What problems did Ramanujan have because of his schooling, and how did he overcome them? (i.e. what techniques did he use, and how successful was he?)

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