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. Who does Hal want to speak with upon his return to the house?

2. Does Hal go with them to dinner?

3. How far behind in school is Catherine, according to Robert?

4. When does Act 2, Scene 3 take place?

5. What does Hal have to give to Robert?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Robert's demeanor throughout the scene.

2. Why is Robert so excited about working?

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

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

5. How do Robert's feelings differ between Catherine and Claire?

6. Why is Claire worried about Catherine?

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

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

9. What decision has Catherine made about school?

10. Is Hal personally conflicted about taking the notebook?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Robert is angry when Catherine tells him she is going to school.

1.) Does this instance parallel any other occurrence in the play where a character secretly make a big change?

2.) What is Robert worried about in regards to Catherine starting school?

3.) Is Catherine worried about Robert in this scene? How do their individual fears escalate the conversation?

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

Catherine is a complex character: for a young person, she has held an extraordinary amount of responsibility. However, according to her sister Claire, Catherine now cannot take care of herself.

1.) Cite three instances in the text where Claire's argument can be made, and Catherine's behavior is reprehensible.

2.) Is Claire justified in stepping into Catherine's life? In selling the house? In moving Catherine to New York?

3.) Is Claire trying to help Catherine out of a sense of sisterly love, or misplaced guilt over Robert's death?

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