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 Hal carrying when he enters?

2. Why did Claire stay up so late?

3. Has Hal found anything coherent in the notebooks as of Act 1, Scene 3?

4. What does Claire fear about Catherine?

5. Where does Catherine tell Claire to look for proof that Hal is real?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Catherine give to Hal that morning? Where has Catherine been keeping the object ?

6. Describe the general mood at the house after Robert's funeral.

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

8. Who did Claire want to care for Robert during his illness, and who actually cared for him?

9. Why does Hal try to take the notebook?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Catherine stays in bed for a week, Claire cancels her flight to take care of her.

1.) Does Catherine appreciate Claire staying behind to help her?

2.) Does Claire simply feel obligated to stay, or is she truly concerned for Catherine?

3.) Is Claire too quick to assume that Catherine may have a mental health problem?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

While Hal is a mathematician and a doctoral candidate, he mishandles almost his entire relationship Catherine.

1.) Describe Hal and Catherine's relationship in chronological order, starting with their first meeting and moving through the end of Act 2.

2.) Does Hal really care for Catherine, or is he only interested in her proof?

3.) Could Hal's attraction to Catherine also be tangled up with his sorrow over Robert's death?

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