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Proof Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Auburn
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Claire is a very different character from Catherine, but has a very distinct point of view in the play.

1.) What does Claire do for a living? Is she a mathematical person too?

2.) What was Claire's contribution during Robert's illness? How does this make Catherine somewhat beholden to her?

3.) Describe Claire's personality. How does she differ from Catherine and Robert?

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?

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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