Proof Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Claire make Catherine for breakfast?
(a) Bagels, fruit, and coffee.
(b) Bacon and eggs.
(c) Nothing; as far as she is concerned, Catherine can make her own breakfast.
(d) Cereal.

2. What is Hal carrying when he enters?
(a) A laptop computer.
(b) A briefcase and a parka.
(c) A backpack and a folded jacket.
(d) A bouquet of flowers and a card.

3. Why is Claire selling the house?
(a) She has no regard for anything but money.
(b) She cannot think of anything else to do with it.
(c) She wants to help Catherine, and feels this is the only way.
(d) She hates the house and always has.

4. Why does Claire want Catherine to come to New York?
(a) She is worried that Catherine is upset and exhausted, and living in Chicago is bad for her mental health.
(b) She never wants to come back to Chicago to visit.
(c) She needs Catherine to help organize the upcoming wedding.
(d) She wants to get a two bedroom apartment so they can live together again.

5. What was Robert's occupation?
(a) A mathematician and teacher at the University of Chicago.
(b) A salesman in Boston.
(c) A plumber and handyman in Chicago.
(d) A physicist at New York University.

6. In her conversation with Robert, why is Catherine worried?
(a) She thinks she heard an intruder.
(b) She has lost her drivers' license.
(c) She thinks she may inherit the same illness as her father.
(d) She thinks her mortgage payment may be overdue.

7. Why did Robert keep requesting that Catherine check out library books for him?
(a) He had a goal to read every single book in the library.
(b) He had a vendetta against the library and wanted to take as many books as possible.
(c) He thought that aliens were sending him messages through the Dewey decimal system and was working out the code.
(d) He was building a large model out of library books in his office.

8. What is happening in the house after the funeral?
(a) A press conference.
(b) A poetry reading.
(c) An auction.
(d) A party.

9. What beauty product does Claire insist that Catherine try?
(a) Her body wash.
(b) Her nail polish.
(c) Her conditioner.
(d) Her face wash.

10. What does Claire think of Hal when Catherine first tries to explain the events of the previous night?
(a) She thinks Catherine may be in a fight with him.
(b) She thinks Catherine may have imagined him.
(c) She thinks Hal sounds lovely, and hopes Catherine will want to have a double wedding.
(d) She thinks Hal is a delinquent.

11. What is a graphomaniac?
(a) A person who cannot abide the sight of paper.
(b) A person who hates writing and avoids it at all costs.
(c) A person who compulsively writes, though the writing may make no sense.
(d) A person who makes lots and lots of graphs.

12. What time of day does Catherine's conversation with Robert occur?
(a) Between 9:00PM and 10:00PM.
(b) Between 2:00PM and 3:00PM.
(c) Between 12:00AM and 1:00AM.
(d) Between 7:00AM and 8:00AM.

13. What fields did Robert, in his younger days, make significant contributions to, according to Hal?
(a) Contemporary american fiction, contemporary satire, and poetry.
(b) Biochemistry, zoology, and entomology.
(c) Weapons research, triangulation theory, and international politics.
(d) Game theory, algebraic geometry, and nonlinear operator theory.

14. What was Claire trying to do in her conversation with Catherine?
(a) She was trying to figure out if Hal was taken or not.
(b) She was trying to make decisions, not start an argument.
(c) She was trying to figure out if Robert was alive.
(d) She was trying to commit Catherine to a hospital.

15. Who thinks Robert should have been put in professional care?
(a) Robert.
(b) Catherine.
(c) Hal.
(d) Claire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the proof so important?

2. Where did Claire want Catherine to stay, instead of coming back to the house to care for Robert?

3. What is Catherine's relation to Robert?

4. At the beginning of the scene, what does Hal bring for Catherine to drink?

5. How does Catherine know about Sophie Germain?

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