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. Where does Scene 1 take place?

2. Why is Hal unhappy with his own work?

3. How old is Catherine turning?

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

5. What is Hal's full name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who paid off the mortgage on the house? How?

2. Describe how Catherine treats the police when they arrive.

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

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

5. What does Robert reveal about Catherine's state of mind in the first scene?

6. Describe Hal's mood the morning after he and Catherine sleep together.

7. Who is Sophie Germain?

8. What has Hal found in the locked drawer, and why is it so important?

9. What is Hal's song Imaginary Number?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

PROOF is a play, not a novel, and is meant to be viewed and performed in front of an audience. Discuss the structure of the play and why or why not it is effective.

1.) What do you think an audience is meant to take away from the play? What major elements of the play make it different from a novel?

2.) Did you notice a difference between reading the play by yourself and hearing it read aloud?

3.) How do stage directions play a role in understanding the play?

Essay Topic 2

In the play, there is a fine line between madness and genius; kindness and presumption. Discuss this fine line as it applies to:

1.) Robert.

2.) Catherine.

3.) Claire.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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