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?
Catherine is a complex character: for a young person, she has held an extraordinary amount of responsibility. However, according to her sister Claire, Catherine now cannot take care of herself.
1.) Cite three instances in the text where Claire's argument can be made, and Catherine's behavior is reprehensible.
2.) Is Claire justified in stepping into Catherine's life? In selling the house? In moving Catherine to New York?
3.) Is Claire trying to help Catherine out of a sense of sisterly love, or misplaced guilt over Robert's death?
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?
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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