Proof Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

David Auburn
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2 Scene 5.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why doesn't Claire believe Catherine about the proof?
(a) She knows that Catherine is terrible at mathematics.
(b) She knows that Robert wrote the proof--he told her before his death.
(c) She thinks Catherine is emotionally unstable.
(d) She wrote the proof herself.

2. Does Hal believe Catherine could have written the proof?
(a) No, Hal knows that Claire wrote the proof, and plans to help her publish it.
(b) No, Hal did the proof himself, and planned to give Robert the credit.
(c) Yes, Hal believes instantly that Catherine wrote the proof.
(d) No, the proof required very advanced mathematics, and Catherine only attended college for a few months.

3. Why is Claire confused about Catherine's relationship to Hal?
(a) Because prior to this incident, she knows Catherine and Hal were the best of friends.
(b) Because she does not know if they were partying together, if he was an intruder, or if he only exists in Catherine's mind.
(c) Because Hal and Robert are friends, but not Hal and Catherine.
(d) Because Hal and Catherine were engaged to be married.

4. Why does Hal say some of the older mathematicians use amphetamines?
(a) They are bored with being brilliant and have nothing better to do.
(b) They are the easiest drugs to attain on the college campus.
(c) They think they need the drugs to stay sharp; math is a young man's game.
(d) They are insecure and trying to fit in with the other mathematicians.

5. What has become Claire's fiance's new hobby?
(a) Model airplane making.
(b) Knitting.
(c) Miniature ship building.
(d) Cooking.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Claire think about Hal's suggestion to check the proof?

2. How did Hal and Catherine meet four years ago?

3. How is Claire related to Catherine?

4. At the end of the scene what doesn't Robert want Catherine to do?

5. How does Hal want to check the proof?

(see the answer key)

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