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

## Multiple Choice Questions

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

**2. What are partitions in math?**
**(a)** The distinctions between prime numbers and other numbers. **(b)** The number of ways to arrive at a number. **(c)** The separation between rational and irrational numbers. **(d)** The divisions between theorems and proofs.

**3. How does Kanigel say Ramanujan passed his time on the ship?**
**(a)** Working feverishly. **(b)** Sick. **(c)** Playing games. **(d)** Reading novels.

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

**5. With whom did Ramanujan eventually begin to develop a real relationship, according to Kanigel?**
**(a)** His old friends. **(b)** His wife. **(c)** His in-laws. **(d)** His patron.

**6. What did Ramanujan say he was willing to do in order to come to England?**
**(a)** Work for Hardy. **(b)** Borrow money. **(c)** Abandon his wife. **(d)** Be cast out of his Brahmin class.

**7. What was it that offended Ramanujan when he invited some friends to dinner?**
**(a)** The friends criticized his cooking. **(b)** The women declined a third helping. **(c)** The men used salt. **(d)** The friends wanted to use silverware.

**8. What did Ramanujan work out in his research on constants?**
**(a)** A new use for Euler's constant. **(b)** A solution to pi. **(c)** A foundation for Euler's constant. **(d)** An approximation of pi.

**9. What society was Ramanujan elected to?**
**(a)** The Apostles. **(b)** Phi Beta Kappa. **(c)** The Royal Society. **(d)** The Academy of Sciences.

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

**11. Who was Leonard Euler?**
**(a)** A teacher at Cambridge. **(b)** Ramanujan's tutor. **(c)** Hardy's protégé. **(d)** A brilliant mathematician to whom Hardy compared Ramanujan.

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

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

**14. What was Ramanujan interested in in this value?**
**(a)** The constant's irrationality. **(b)** Its infinite nature. **(c)** Underlying properties. **(d)** The constant's practical value.

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

## Short Answer Questions

**1.** Who was Neville?

**2.** In his letter to Hardy, what did Ramanujan say he had discovered?

**3.** Based on his letter, what was Hardy trying to determine about Ramanujan?

**4.** What obstacle stood in the way of Hardy's plan?

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

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