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?
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?
Hal and Robert are each afraid of getting old and losing their edge. They think mathematics is a young man's game, and very quickly a mathematician is past his prime.
1.) Could this idea have anything to do with Robert's illness? He works so hard to match his former genius, but cannot---could this be a contributing factor?
2.) Hal jokes that he has resigned himself to a teaching position. Do you think there is more it? Is Hal disappointed in his own lack of genius?
3.) Describe the lengths mathematicians go to in order to retain their edge, as described by Hal. How competitive is this field?
Robert is angry when Catherine tells him she is going to school.
1.) Does this instance parallel any other occurrence in the play where a character secretly make a big change?
2.) What is Robert worried about in regards to Catherine starting school?
3.) Is Catherine worried about Robert in this scene? How do their individual fears escalate the conversation?
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