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

## Multiple Choice Questions

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

**2. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan when he returned to India?**
**(a)** Friendly. **(b)** Devout. **(c)** Sullen. **(d)** Spirited.

**3. What did Ramanujan and Hardy develop for working with partitions?**
**(a)** Nested square roots. **(b)** A precise method for determining partitions for prime numbers. **(c)** The circle method. **(d)** A refinement of Euler's suggestion.

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

**5. What did the divergent series 1+2+3+4+5... add up to in Ramanujan's notebooks?**
**(a)** -1/12. **(b)** 7. **(c)** 39. **(d)** Infinity.

**6. What was the result of Ramanujan clinging to his cultural practices?**
**(a)** He generated fear and hostility in those around him. **(b)** He brought Indian culture to English intellectuals. **(c)** He taught English students how to cook Indian dishes. **(d)** He remained an outsider.

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

**8. How did Ramanujan respond to Hardy's request for proofs?**
**(a)** He dragged his feet about sending them. **(b)** He said he could not produce them. **(c)** He would send them if Hardy would help him financially. **(d)** He sent them immediately.

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

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

**11. What other Indian thinker does Kanigel compare Ramanujan's experience with?**
**(a)** Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. **(b)** Ghandi. **(c)** Muhammad Ali Jinnah. **(d)** Anant Raje.

**12. What does Kanigel say prevented Ramanujan from getting the care he needed?**
**(a)** The Great War. **(b)** His family's poverty. **(c)** His distance from the cultural centers. **(d)** The fight between his wife and mother.

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

**14. 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.

**15. What was Ramanujan's intention when he returned home?**
**(a)** To stay in India for a few years. **(b)** To teach in India. **(c)** Never to return to England. **(d)** To bring his wife back to England.

## Short Answer Questions

**1.** How did Ramanujan see himself socially, according to Kanigel?

**2.** What cultural practice did Ramanujan insist on, in Kanigel's account?

**3.** What is the state of Ramanujan's work now?

**4.** How does Kanigel describe the trip to England?

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

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