Final Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Robert yell at Catherine?
2. What is Catherine's explanation as to why she wrote the proof?
3. Why was Catherine's drawer locked?
4. What time of year is it in Act 2, Scene 4?
5. Why doesn't Catherine want Hal to take the notebook?
In the play, there is a fine line between madness and genius; kindness and presumption. Discuss this fine line as it applies to:
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?
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?
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