Proof Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Auburn
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the proof?

2. Why is Hal unhappy with his own work?

3. What does Claire think of Hal when Catherine first tries to explain the events of the previous night?

4. Where did Catherine get the dress she wore to the funeral?

5. What is Catherine wearing at the top of the scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hal describe the mathematicians at his conferences?

2. Why is Hal's entrance at the end of the scene helpful for Catherine?

3. Why does Claire want Catherine to come to New York?

4. When did Hal and Catherine first meet?

5. Are Claire and Catherine very comfortable around one another?

6. Why is Hal insistent on going through all of Robert's notebooks?

7. Describe Catherine's reaction when she discovers the notebook.

8. Why is Claire so worried when Catherine cannot explain the police presence at the house the night before?

9. How does Catherine describe Robert's mathematical processes?

10. Why has Hal come to the house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Claire arranges for Catherine to move to New York, and sells their old house in Chicago.

1.) Is Catherine happy about the move? Why or why not?

2.) Why does Claire sell the house? Why does she make such a huge decision without consulting Catherine?

3.) Does Claire take advantage of the fact that she was the financial support during Robert's illness?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contract Catherine and Claire. Though they are sisters, they have very different personalities.

1.) How did Claire want Robert's illness handled? How did Catherine want it handled?

2.) What pressure does Claire feel in regards to her family? What pressure does Catherine feel?

3.) How and why does Claire's intervention in her life offend Catherine?

Essay Topic 3

Robert and Catherine have a very unique father/daughter relationship.

1.) Describe why their relationship is different from most. Are there any role reversals?

2.) Do Claire and Robert share a similar bond, or are Catherine and Robert two peas in a pod?

3.) They each have very specific fears they voice in the play. What are these fears? How do they differ? How are they similar?

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