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

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

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

4. Why was Catherine's drawer locked?
(a) The drawer contains Robert's greatest works.
(b) The key to the drawer has long been lost.
(c) The drawer is a place where she keeps private things.
(d) The drawer is full of important legal documents.

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

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

7. What has Catherine missed to come back to the house?
(a) She has missed her favorite television program.
(b) She has missed a shift at work.
(c) She has missed a date.
(d) She has missed a class.

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

9. What does Catherine try to destroy at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) She tries to destroy the notebook.
(b) She tries to destroy her relationship with Claire.
(c) She tries to destroy her relationship with Robert.
(d) She tries to detroy the house.

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

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

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

13. 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) Robert told him all about the proof before his death.
(d) He has already written the proof, and wonders how she stole his idea.

14. When Claire asks Catherine to recite the proof, how does Catherine reply?
(a) "Okay, fine. Here goes."
(b) "I'll recite it, but only to Hal."
(c) "I can't recite it, because I didn't write it."
(d) "I didn't memorize it. It's not a muffin recipe!"

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Claire give the object to Hal?

2. Does Hal think he can help Catherine?

3. Where does Robert joke that Chicago beer comes from?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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