Proof Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 did Claire want Catherine to stay, instead of coming back to the house to care for Robert?

2. Why is Claire concerned after speaking with the policemen?

3. What does Claire want to do after the funeral?

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

5. What organic chemical(s) is contained in the beauty product Claire wishes Catherine to try?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Catherine get Hal to leave?

4. Why has Hal decided that Catherine wrote the proof?

5. Why was Hal the first person to whom Catherine showed the proof?

6. Why is the date in the scene particularly significant?

7. Is Hal personally conflicted about taking the notebook?

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

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

10. Why or why not does Catherine want to attend the University of Chicago?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Hal feels some sort of a connection to Catherine. When she is catatonic in bed, he insists to Claire that Catherine may talk to him.

1.) What events my have led Hal to feel more connected with Catherine?

2.) Could he feel guilty and somewhat responsible for her breakdown?

3.) Is Hal a victim of circumstance, or could he have handled the situation more graciously?

Essay Topic 2

Claire says that mathematician don't think: they just create catastrophes and expect other people to come in and clean them up.

1.) How is this true of Robert? Of Hal? Of Catherine?

2.) Does Claire feel she is cleaning up Hal's mess? Robert's mess?

3.) Does Claire feel that Robert should have been in professional care? How would this have changed events in the play?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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