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. What does Robert insist on, though it is freezing cold outside?

2. What was Robert secretly terrified of, in regards to his career?

3. Where is Robert sitting?

4. Why doesn't Claire believe Catherine about the proof?

5. What is the date in Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Robert's demeanor throughout the scene.

2. Describe why Claire allows Hal to take the notebook.

3. What do Robert and Catherine decide to do for dinner?

4. How does Catherine meet Hal?

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

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

7. Why is the date in the scene particularly significant?

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

9. Is Hal personally conflicted about taking the notebook?

10. Why is Claire worried about Catherine?

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

Robert and Catherine have a very unique father/daughter relationship.

1.) Describe why their relationship is different from most. Are there any role reversals?

2.) Do Claire and Robert share a similar bond, or are Catherine and Robert two peas in a pod?

3.) They each have very specific fears they voice in the play. What are these fears? How do they differ? How are they similar?

Essay Topic 3

In the play, there is a fine line between madness and genius; kindness and presumption. Discuss this fine line as it applies to:

1.) Robert.

2.) Catherine.

3.) Claire.

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