Proof Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why can't Robert concentrate in the house?
(a) The heat is not working and the house is too cold.
(b) The electricity is off and the house is too dark.
(c) The radiators are clanking and the house is too hot.
(d) The house is too bright and giving him a headache.

2. Who does Hal encounter when he comes back to the house?
(a) Mitch.
(b) Claire.
(c) Catherine.
(d) Robert.

3. When does the first scene on Act 2 take place?
(a) It takes place five years after Act 1
(b) It takes place at the same time as Act 1
(c) It takes place an instant after the end of Act 1
(d) It takes place five years before Act 1

4. What does Catherine say to Hal that causes him to leave abruptly, and without the notebook?
(a) She says that he barely finished his Ph.D., does research that does not matter, and played in an awful band.
(b) She says that she loves him and always has, and wants to marry him as soon as possible.
(c) She says that she does not approve of his relationship with Claire.
(d) She says that he killed Robert and she can prove it.

5. Does Hal think he can help Catherine?
(a) Yes, he thinks he will take care of her when she moves in with him.
(b) No, he thinks only Robert can help Catherine now.
(c) Yes, he thinks she is tough and should have a say in whether she stays or goes.
(d) No, he thinks she is completely fragile and Clare should take care of her.

6. Where does Catherine reveal she is going to school?
(a) The University of San Diego.
(b) Northwestern.
(c) The University of Chicago.
(d) New York University.

7. Who does Hal think has written the proof?
(a) Robert.
(b) Himself.
(c) Catherine.
(d) Claire.

8. Why is Hal skeptical about Catherine's claim?
(a) Robert told him all about the proof before his death.
(b) He has already written the proof, and wonders how she stole his idea.
(c) He thinks Robert may have written the groundbreaking proof, then later explained it to Catherine.
(d) He thinks Catherine is just trying to impress him because they spend the night together.

9. What is Robert opposed to having for dinner?
(a) Steak.
(b) Salad.
(c) Burgers.
(d) Pasta.

10. What does Robert compare his creativity to?
(a) Walking down the street.
(b) Sitting on a geyser.
(c) Falling asleep in bed.
(d) Jumping onto a train.

11. What is Catherine's explanation as to why she wrote the proof?
(a) She was so excited about math and life that the ideas could not be stopped.
(b) She was jealous of Robert and vowed that she could come up with something better.
(c) She does not claim to have written the proof.
(d) She was depressed because she had to quit school and move home, and decided she could learn the math herself.

12. What is the lighting cue at the end of the scene?
(a) Lights to full.
(b) Fade.
(c) Blackout.
(d) Lights to half.

13. What does Catherine request for dinner?
(a) Steak, cheap beer, and potatoes.
(b) Chicken, fine wine, and celery.
(c) Soup, bread, and irish coffee.
(d) Salad, margaritas, and cake.

14. What does Claire do for a living?
(a) She is a teacher.
(b) She is an actuary.
(c) She is a currency analyst.
(d) She is a financial advisor.

15. How does Hal want to check the proof?
(a) He wants to present the proof as evidence in the pending trial over its authorship.
(b) He wants to take it to some mathematicians at the university who are all familiar with Robert and his work.
(c) He wants Catherine to recite it to him from memory.
(d) He wants to sit down with Robert and have a heart to heart.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Claire ask Hal to do before he leaves?

2. What does Catherine try to destroy at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

3. Why does Robert yell at Catherine?

4. What does Robert begin to write at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

5. What is the stage direction for Catherine reading the proof?

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