Proof Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does Act 2, Scene 4 take place?
(a) Three and a half years earlier than Act 2, Scene 3.
(b) Three and a half years later than Act 2, Scene 3.
(c) Immediately before Act 2, Scene 3.
(d) Immediately after Act 2, Scene 3.

2. Whose handwriting does Claire think the proof is written in?
(a) Catherine's handwriting.
(b) Hal' handwriting.
(c) Her own handwriting.
(d) Robert's handwriting.

3. According to Robert, if the thesis "feels done," then...
(a) It should be put down for a month and then rechecked.
(b) It should be published right away.
(c) There are major errors.
(d) It is done! Congratulations.

4. Where does Robert joke that Chicago beer comes from?
(a) New York City.
(b) Underground.
(c) Lake Michigan.
(d) A secret brewery.

5. Why does Catherine claim she wrote the proof in one of Robert's notebook?
(a) She wanted to confuse Hal, with whom she is angry.
(b) She thought she would publish the proof under his name.
(c) She only writes in certain types of notebooks, which Robert happened to have.
(d) She bought the notebooks for him in bulk, and there were extras.

6. What does Robert love about bookstores in September?
(a) He loves how empty the bookstores are.
(b) He loves how precisely and quickly students find the books they are looking for.
(c) The smell of coffee that wafts outside.
(d) He loves watching the students browsing throughout an afternoon.

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

8. In whose notebook is the proof written?
(a) In Claire's notebook.
(b) In Hal's notebook.
(c) In Robert's notebook.
(d) In Catherine's notebook.

9. What does Claire think about Hal's suggestion to check the proof?
(a) Claire thinks his suggestion is excellent--no one will be able to validate the authoship better than Robert.
(b) Claire thinks his suggestion is terrible--she does not have time to go to trial.
(c) Claire thinks his suggestion is excellent--who better to check the proof than mathematicians who knew Robert?
(d) Claire thinks his suggestions is terrible--how could Catherine possibly recite the proof from memory?

10. Robert says he feels like no time has passed since he was...
(a) Thirty-five.
(b) Twenty-one.
(c) Thirty.
(d) A child.

11. Why has Catherine waited so long to inform Robert of her plans?
(a) Until recently, she had no desire to return to school, thinking it dull and predictable.
(b) Until recently, she was not sure if he was truly better, and worried she may need to stay with him.
(c) She knew he would be incredibly angry, and wanted to give him as little choice as possible in the matter.
(d) She was on the waiting list at the school, and was not certain she would be accepted.

12. What else did Hal find in the drawer?
(a) Important legal documents.
(b) Catherine's diary.
(c) Ten more notebooks full of ideas.
(d) Nothing, just the notebook.

13. What are the subjects of the proof?
(a) The inverse relationships between love and hate.
(b) The speed of light.
(c) Atomic subatomic forces.
(d) Warm months, cold months, and students in bookstores.

14. What was Robert secretly terrified of, in regards to his career?
(a) He was afraid that he would never get a break from work.
(b) He was afraid that Hal would rise up and steal his glory.
(c) He was afraid that he would never work again.
(d) He was afraid that Catherine would get credit for his ideas.

15. Why is Catherine adamant that Robert could not have written the proof?
(a) Because, even during the good year when he was lucid, he was not able to do mathematics.
(b) Because the proof is incorrect and full of errors, and Robert never made errors.
(c) Because, though he asked her to keep his secret, she knows that Hal wrote the proof.
(d) Because she knows that Claire wrote the proof and is keeping it a secret.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Robert ask Catherine to do?

2. What does Claire think about Hal's relationship with Catherine?

3. What is she paying for tuition?

4. What does Robert compare his creativity to?

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

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