Proof Test | 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. What instrument does Hal play?

2. How do Catherine and Hal feel at the top of the scene?

3. Why did Robert keep requesting that Catherine check out library books for him?

4. What is Hal carrying when he enters?

5. Who interrupts Catherine and Robert's conversation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Catherine demand to see Hal's backpack? Does she find anything?

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

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

4. Why is Hal sensitive about getting older?

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

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

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

8. What is Hal's excuse for kissing Catherine?

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

10. When did Hal and Catherine first meet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Catherine is angry and upset when Hal steals the notebook. She goes so far as to call the police, though he confesses as soon as she finds it and claims he wanted to give it back to her as a gift.

1.) Though he may have been planning to give it back, Hal attempted to steal on of her late father's possessions. Does Catherine overreact in this situation?

2.) What does Catherine think he may be trying to do with the information in the notebook?

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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