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 does Hal do after Catherine quotes Gauss' letter to Sophie Germain?

2. Why is Hal hesitant after Catherine asks him about sex at the Conference?

3. Why is Hal unhappy with his own work?

4. What is Imaginary Number, or i?

5. How does Catherine know about Sophie Germain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Robert examining in the proof?

4. How does Catherine get Hal to leave?

5. Why does Hal rush in with excitement, looking for Catherine?

6. How is Claire's personality different from Catherine's?

7. Does Claire believe that Catherine wrote the proof? Why or why not?

8. Is Hal personally conflicted about taking the notebook?

9. What does Claire plan to do with the house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does time have in the play? How does the playwright use time loosely to share vital information about the characters and plot? Discuss the significance of Catherine's birthday. When does the date appear in the play? How many times?

Essay Topic 2

Catherine has had the proof finished for quite some time, but shows it to no one until she gives Hal the key to the upstairs drawer.

1.) Why does Catherine choose Hal to whom she reveals the groundbreaking proof? Does it matter to Catherine that Claire is present as well, or is that just circumstance?

2.) Catherine does not seemed surprised when Claire does not believe her, but is extremely hurt when Hal is unsure. Why does Hal's skepticism upset her so much?

3.) Is Catherine excited about her work, or has mathematics been soured for her by her father's death?

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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