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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Myrtle Mae Simmons answers the phone as the first scene begins. Who is calling?
(a) The Society Editor of the local paper.
(b) The IRS.
(c) The Reader's Digest clearinghouse.
(d) A long-lost friend.

2. In whom is Ruth Kelly interested?
(a) Dr. Henry Jeckyll.
(b) Dr. William Chumley.
(c) Dr. Lyman Sanderson.
(d) Dr. Wilson.

3. What does Wilson read at the end of this scene?
(a) A psychiatrics manual.
(b) A Bible.
(c) A sales pamphlet.
(d) An encyclopedia.

4. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson ask about Veta Simmons?
(a) When can she come in for therapy.
(b) Whether or not she would like a job at Chumley's rest.
(c) Where she currently lives.
(d) What her habits are and if she's still grieving for her mother.

5. What does Dr. William Chumley suggest that Dr. Lyman Sanderson can use on Veta Simmons for her treatment?
(a) Formula 401.
(b) Formula 44.
(c) Formula 977.
(d) Grecian Formula.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Elwood Dowd say that Harvey would like?

2. With whom does Elwood Dowd consult about a potential dinner with Ethel Chauvenet?

3. Who is speaking to Veta Simmons as the scene opens?

4. Ethel Chauvenet is key in the first scene because ______________________.

5. While talking to Veta Simmons, what does Dr. Lyman Sanderson do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elwood Dowd treat everyone on the sanitarium's staff?

2. Is the relationship between the nurse and Dr. Lyman Sanderson purely professional?

3. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson believe is Veta Simmons' motivation for coming to the sanitarium and telling him about Elwood Dowd and Harvey?

4. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. Lyman Sanderson that makes him think she's the crazy one?

5. Veta Simmons explains to Dr. Lyman Sanderson that Elwood Dowd has some quirks, including drinking. What does this imply about Elwood Dowd?

6. Given Veta Simmons' reactions to Elwood Dowd and her daughter, do you think she truly disbelieves her brother regarding Harvey?

7. According to Veta Simmons, to whom did her mother leave everything, including the mansion?

8. What do we learn about Elwood Dowd in this first scene of the play?

9. Why do you think Elwood Dowd invites Mrs. Greenawalt, a telemarketer, to his sister's party?

10. What does Ruth Kelly fear about "accidentally" committing Elwood Dowd earlier that day instead of his "crazy" sister?

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