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. 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.

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

3. What is the stage direction for Catherine reading the proof?
(a) Quietly, in disbelief.
(b) Quickly and angrily.
(c) Slowly, without inflection.
(d) Vivaciously, with excitement.

4. Why does Claire resent mathematicians?
(a) She is a writer, and believes the arts are more important than sciences.
(b) She is a physicist, and the resent between the two professions runs deep.
(c) She is jealous of mathematicians' talent, and wishes she could be a mathematician herself.
(d) She feels that mathematicians do not think their actions through.

5. What does Claire concede to Hal at the end of their conversation?
(a) She agrees to let him visit Catherine in Chicago.
(b) She agress to let him visit Catherine in New York.
(c) She agrees to let him call Catherine in New York.
(d) She agrees to let him call Catherine in Chicago.

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

7. Who will help her pay for living expenses--books, food, gas, etc?
(a) Mitch.
(b) Robert.
(c) Claire.
(d) Hal.

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

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

10. What does Robert say is finally working again?
(a) His television.
(b) The radiators.
(c) His eyes, which have been bothering him.
(d) The machinery, or, his mathematical genius.

11. What does Catherine ask Robert to do, after he shows her his latest ideas in the notebook?
(a) She asks him leave and never come back.
(b) She asks him to go back inside the house.
(c) She asks him to burn the notebook.
(d) She asks him to get the work published right away.

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

13. When does Act 2, Scene 3 take place?
(a) The day before Act 2, Scene 2.
(b) The day of Act 1, Scene 1.
(c) The day of Act 2, Scene 2.
(d) The day after Act 2, Scene 2.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Hal believe Catherine could have written the proof?

2. Why does Claire give the object to Hal?

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

4. What does Catherine say to Hal that causes him to leave abruptly, and without the notebook?

5. When Claire asks Catherine to recite the proof, how does Catherine reply?

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