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

## Multiple Choice Questions

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

**2. In his letter to Hardy, what did Ramanujan say he had discovered?**
**(a)** A solution to a problem Hardy proposed. **(b)** A theory of relativity. **(c)** A mistake in Hardy's theorems. **(d)** A function for using irrational numbers in multi-variable calculus.

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

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

**5. How does Kanigel characterize Ramanujan's theorems and formulas?**
**(a)** Immaculate. **(b)** Odd by English standards. **(c)** Almost incomprehensible. **(d)** Universally recognizable.

**6. What was proved incorrect in Ramanujan's work from this time?**
**(a)** His proofs. **(b)** His theorems. **(c)** His conclusions. **(d)** His assumptions.

**7. What was the doctor's prescription for Ramanujan's condition?**
**(a)** Physical activity. **(b)** Rest and care. **(c)** Surgery. **(d)** Radiation.

**8. What does Kanigel say was Ramanujan's greatest talent?**
**(a)** His perception. **(b)** His intuition. **(c)** His calculations. **(d)** His associative abilities.

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

**10. What conflict did Ramanujan return to?**
**(a)** His father and the authorities. **(b)** His parents with his in-laws. **(c)** His mother and father. **(d)** His wife and his mother.

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

**12. What did NOT contribute to Ramanujan's discomfort during the sea voyage to England?**
**(a)** Seasickness. **(b)** The temperatures. **(c)** Homesickness. **(d)** The strangers.

**13. How do people account for Ramanujan's self-assessment?**
**(a)** Ramanujan's arrogance. **(b)** Overwork. **(c)** Ramanujan's naïveté. **(d)** Hardy's coldness.

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

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

## Short Answer Questions

**1.** With whom did Ramanujan eventually begin to develop a real relationship, according to Kanigel?

**2.** What did the divergent series 1+2+3+4+5... add up to in Ramanujan's notebooks?

**3.** What was it that offended Ramanujan when he invited some friends to dinner?

**4.** How does Kanigel say Ramanujan saw himself when he was returning to India?

**5.** What did Ramanujan petition Cambridge for?

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