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. How did Robert die?

2. Who interrupts Catherine and Robert's conversation?

3. Why is Claire confused about Catherine's relationship to Hal?

4. Where does Claire live?

5. What does Robert get Catherine for her birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Sophie Germain?

2. When did Hal and Catherine first meet?

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

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

5. Robert was a graphomaniac. What does that mean?

6. Why does Hal think his papers get turned down for publication?

7. Why has Hal come to the house?

8. Why is it strange that Catherine and Robert are speaking in the beginning of the first scene?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hal admits at the end of Act 2 not only that the proof is correct, but that he was wrong and should have believe Catherine the first time. How does this admission vindicate her? She proceeds not to explicitly forgive him, but does agree to sit down and explain the proof. Is this perhaps the first time she has ever had the opportunity to talk to anyone about her work? What fear does she reveal to Hal? What are the implications for the future as she begins to explain the proof to Hal?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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