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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

## Multiple Choice Questions

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

**2. How does Kanigel describe the trip to England?**
**(a)** Arduous. **(b)** Perilous. **(c)** Petrifying. **(d)** Sublimely beautiful.

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

**4. Based on his letter, what was Hardy trying to determine about Ramanujan?**
**(a)** Where he was from. **(b)** Whether he was a crank. **(c)** How he had devised his theories. **(d)** Who his teachers had been.

**5. What did Ramanujan's Master Theorem attempt to do?**
**(a)** Formulate number theory. **(b)** Reduce infinite series to prime numbers. **(c)** Solve Fermat's Last Theorem. **(d)** Integrate finite integrals.

**6. What did Ramanujan discover when his friend Mahalanobis read a puzzle from the paper?**
**(a)** The mystical nature of numbers. **(b)** The value of pi. **(c)** A proof to all problems like that puzzle. **(d)** The constant that resolves series to prime numbers.

**7. Who was absent from the dock when Ramanujan's ship came in?**
**(a)** His father. **(b)** His wife. **(c)** His mother. **(d)** His friends.

**8. How long did the trip from India to England take?**
**(a)** A month. **(b)** Three weeks. **(c)** Two months. **(d)** Six weeks.

**9. Who learned of Ramanujan's arrival by the newspapers?**
**(a)** His old patron. **(b)** His mother. **(c)** His wife. **(d)** His in-laws.

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

**11. How does Kanigel describe English society from Ramanujan's point-of-view?**
**(a)** Homogenous. **(b)** Effete. **(c)** Malicious. **(d)** Rarefied.

**12. To what extent does Kanigel say Ramanujan blended in with Cambridge society?**
**(a)** Thoroughly. **(b)** Not very much. **(c)** He was always in between cultures. **(d)** He remained hostile to it.

**13. What aspect of the English does Kanigel say affected Ramanujan?**
**(a)** Affected coldness. **(b)** Chauvinism. **(c)** Intellectual rigor. **(d)** Nationalism.

**14. What were Ramanujan and Hardy looking for in their work on partitions?**
**(a)** A way to define the number of partitions precisely. **(b)** A point at which partitions broke down for prime numbers. **(c)** A way to bridge partitions. **(d)** A theorem that demonstrated how partitions operate in series.

**15. What did Ramanujan petition Cambridge for?**
**(a)** Publication. **(b)** A stipend. **(c)** The right to return. **(d)** An assistant.

## Short Answer Questions

**1.** How did Ramanujan respond to Hardy's request for proofs?

**2.** In his letter to Hardy, what was the importance of the thing Ramanujan claimed to have discovered?

**3.** What does Kanigel say Ramanujan distrusted in English society?

**4.** How was Ramanujan treated on his return?

**5.** How does Kanigel characterize Ramanujan's theorems and formulas?

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