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

2. Why has Catherine come to the house?
(a) No one picked up the phone when she called, and she got worried.
(b) She missed home and wanted to visit.
(c) She just happened to be driving by.
(d) She and Robert had planned to have dinner.

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

4. 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 excellent--no one will be able to validate the authoship better than Robert.
(d) Claire thinks his suggestion is terrible--she does not have time to go to trial.

5. Why does Claire give the object to Hal?
(a) She is hiding the object from Robert.
(b) She is trying to win his love.
(c) She thinks someone needs to find out what is in it.
(d) She wants to sabotage Catherine.

6. Robert says he is satisfied with Claire, but he is _______ of/with/to Catherine?
(a) Terrified.
(b) Proud.
(c) Angry.
(d) Indifferent.

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

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

9. What does Robert ask Catherine to do?
(a) He asks her to work with him.
(b) He asks her to move back home.
(c) He asks her to leave him alone.
(d) He asks her to stay out of his research.

10. What is the date in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) March 4th.
(b) September 4th.
(c) January 4th.
(d) June 4th.

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

12. What does Robert begin to write at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) He begins to write the proof that Hal discovers.
(b) He begins to write his edits for Hal's thesis.
(c) He begins to write his last will and testament.
(d) He begins to write the journal entry that Hal tries to give to Catherine.

13. Who does Hal want to speak with upon his return to the house?
(a) Claire.
(b) Mitch.
(c) Catherine.
(d) Robert.

14. At the end of the scene what doesn't Robert want Catherine to do?
(a) He does not want her to leave.
(b) He does not want her to go inside.
(c) He does not want her to stay.
(d) He does not want her to go on a walk.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Catherine's drawer locked?

2. What are the subjects of the proof?

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

4. How does Hal want to check the proof?

5. Who does Hal think has written the proof?

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