Proof Test | Final 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. Who does Hal want to speak with upon his return to the house?

2. At the end of the scene what doesn't Robert want Catherine to do?

3. How far behind in school is Catherine, according to Robert?

4. Who will help her pay for living expenses--books, food, gas, etc?

5. Why does Catherine claim she wrote the proof in one of Robert's notebook?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Robert decided to write on the porch?

2. Did Hal intentionally take advantage of Catherine when they slept together?

3. Is Robert upset that Catherine plans to leave? Why or why not?

4. Describe Robert's demeanor throughout the scene.

5. Where has Catherine come from to check on Robert?

6. Why is Robert so excited about working?

7. Why or why not does Catherine want to attend the University of Chicago?

8. Does Claire believe that Catherine wrote the proof? Why or why not?

9. How do Robert's feelings differ between Catherine and Claire?

10. How does Catherine react when Claire and Hal do not believe her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the funeral, Catherine and Hal spend the night together.

1.) What are the factors that bring them together?

2.) How are they each tied to the memory of Robert? Is Catherine warding off the pain by succumbing to something physical?

3.) Who is the aggressor? Are they equally attracted to each other?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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