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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Hal huffy when Claire guesses why he has come to the house?
(a) He hates Claire and never wants her to speak to him again.
(b) He wants to see Catherine, but feels it is his professional duty to collect the notebook.
(c) He has come exclusively to see Catherine, and does not care about the notebook at all.
(d) He dislikes Catherine and does not want Claire to speak of her.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Claire believe Catherine about the proof?

2. What is the date in Act 2, Scene 1?

3. What is she paying for tuition?

4. What time of year is it in Act 2, Scene 4?

5. Where is Robert sitting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the date in the scene particularly significant?

2. Why or why not does Catherine want to attend the University of Chicago?

3. Does Hal believe that Catherine wrote the proof? Why or why not?

4. How does Catherine get Hal to leave?

5. Did Hal intentionally take advantage of Catherine when they slept together?

6. How does Catherine meet Hal?

7. Why has Hal come back to the house after the fight?

8. What does Claire think is the problem with mathematicians in emotional situations?

9. What decision has Catherine made about school?

10. Why has Robert decided to write on the porch?

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