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. Where does Robert joke that Chicago beer comes from?

2. Why does Claire trust Hal with the object?

3. Does Hal think he can help Catherine?

4. Where does Catherine reveal she is going to school?

5. What does Robert begin to write at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Robert examining in the proof?

5. Why is Claire worried about Catherine?

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

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

8. What decision has Catherine made about school?

9. Is Hal personally conflicted about taking the notebook?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

While Hal is a mathematician and a doctoral candidate, he mishandles almost his entire relationship Catherine.

1.) Describe Hal and Catherine's relationship in chronological order, starting with their first meeting and moving through the end of Act 2.

2.) Does Hal really care for Catherine, or is he only interested in her proof?

3.) Could Hal's attraction to Catherine also be tangled up with his sorrow over Robert's death?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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