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 does Robert insist on, though it is freezing cold outside?
(a) He wants to go over the proof with Catherine on the porch.
(b) He wants to sit on the porch and stargaze.
(c) He wants to go for a walk with Catherine.
(d) He wants to pitch a tent outside and camp.

2. What does Claire ask Hal to do before he leaves?
(a) She asks him to come visit in New York.
(b) She asks him never to come back.
(c) She asks him to come visit in Chicago.
(d) She asks him to explain the proof to her.

3. How far behind in school is Catherine, according to Robert?
(a) At least two months.
(b) At least a year.
(c) At least a month.
(d) At least two years.

4. What object does Claire give to Hal before he leaves?
(a) A plane ticket.
(b) A sheet of paper.
(c) The notebook.
(d) A coffee cup.

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

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

7. How does Hal want to check the proof?
(a) He wants to take it to some mathematicians at the university who are all familiar with Robert and his work.
(b) He wants to present the proof as evidence in the pending trial over its authorship.
(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.

8. 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 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 so excited about math and life that the ideas could not be stopped.

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

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

11. How much of Robert's ability does Claire think she has inherited?
(a) One-one thousandth.
(b) One-quarter.
(c) One-one hundredth.
(d) One-fiftieth.

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

13. Where is Robert sitting?
(a) In the kitchen.
(b) On the porch.
(c) In his study.
(d) On the front lawn.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hal accidentally remind Robert when he says they will meet in a week, on the eleventh?

2. Who does Hal want to speak with upon his return to the house?

3. Robert says he feels like no time has passed since he was...

4. How much of Robert's ability does Claire think Catherine has inherited?

5. Why does Robert yell at Catherine?

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