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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where will Catherine live while she is in school?
2. What is she paying for tuition?
3. Where is Robert sitting?
4. What does Hal have to give to Robert?
5. What does Claire do for a living?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Hal admits at the end of Act 2 not only that the proof is correct, but that he was wrong and should have believe Catherine the first time. How does this admission vindicate her? She proceeds not to explicitly forgive him, but does agree to sit down and explain the proof. Is this perhaps the first time she has ever had the opportunity to talk to anyone about her work? What fear does she reveal to Hal? What are the implications for the future as she begins to explain the proof to Hal?
Essay Topic 2
Catherine is angry and upset when Hal steals the notebook. She goes so far as to call the police, though he confesses as soon as she finds it and claims he wanted to give it back to her as a gift.
1.) Though he may have been planning to give it back, Hal attempted to steal on of her late father's possessions. Does Catherine overreact in this situation?
2.) What does Catherine think he may be trying to do with the information in the notebook?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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