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. When Claire asks Catherine to recite the proof, how does Catherine reply?

2. Why was Catherine's drawer locked?

3. Whose handwriting does Claire think the proof is written in?

4. How much of Robert's ability does Claire think she has inherited?

5. Why does Claire resent mathematicians?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Robert's demeanor throughout the scene.

2. What is Robert examining in the proof?

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

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

5. Is Hal personally conflicted about taking the notebook?

6. Does Hal believe that Catherine wrote the proof? Why or why not?

7. Why is Robert so excited about working?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

PROOF is a play, not a novel, and is meant to be viewed and performed in front of an audience. Discuss the structure of the play and why or why not it is effective.

1.) What do you think an audience is meant to take away from the play? What major elements of the play make it different from a novel?

2.) Did you notice a difference between reading the play by yourself and hearing it read aloud?

3.) How do stage directions play a role in understanding the play?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Claire is a very different character from Catherine, but has a very distinct point of view in the play.

1.) What does Claire do for a living? Is she a mathematical person too?

2.) What was Claire's contribution during Robert's illness? How does this make Catherine somewhat beholden to her?

3.) Describe Claire's personality. How does she differ from Catherine and Robert?

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