Proof Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Auburn
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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 does Claire live?

2. What does Robert get Catherine for her birthday?

3. Why is the proof so important?

4. How old was Robert when his illness began?

5. Why does Claire want Catherine to come to New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Claire worried about Catherine?

2. Is Claire treating Catherine well in the beginning of the scene?

3. Why does Claire want Catherine to come to New York?

4. Does Hal think he will still have the next great mathematical revelation?

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

6. What is Robert examining in the proof?

7. What does Claire think is the problem with mathematicians in emotional situations?

8. Why has Hal come back to the house after the fight?

9. Is Hal personally conflicted about taking the notebook?

10. What is Catherine ultimately afraid of becoming?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

When Catherine stays in bed for a week, Claire cancels her flight to take care of her.

1.) Does Catherine appreciate Claire staying behind to help her?

2.) Does Claire simply feel obligated to stay, or is she truly concerned for Catherine?

3.) Is Claire too quick to assume that Catherine may have a mental health problem?

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