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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 Dr. Lyman Sanderson claim about Veta Simmons' mental condition?
2. What one word best sums up the type of humor in this scene?
3. With whom does Elwood Dowd discuss the details of the book he picked from the bookshelf?
4. Who does Elwood Dowd tell Dr. William Chumley's wife that he's looking for?
5. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson posit as the reason why Veta Simmons came to Chumley's Rest?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you suppose Elwood Dowd insists on introducing Harvey to everyone?
2. Describe the nurse, Ruth Kelly.
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 Ruth Kelly fear about "accidentally" committing Elwood Dowd earlier that day instead of his "crazy" sister?
5. When Veta Simmons asks Elwood Dowd to wait for her in the parlor, what do you think she wants to talk to him about?
6. Veta Simmons explains to Dr. Lyman Sanderson that Elwood Dowd has some quirks, including drinking. What does this imply about Elwood Dowd?
7. Given Veta Simmons' reactions to Elwood Dowd and her daughter, do you think she truly disbelieves her brother regarding Harvey?
8. Do you think that Ethel Chauvenet could see Harvey, given that he likes her very much?
9. How does Myrtle Mae Simmons feel about her uncle?
10. Describe Elwood Dowd.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There is a strong theme throughout this play that contrasts belief (i.e., holding to things that are difficult to prove scientifically) and our need as humans for empirical evidence (scientific proof of things that can be perceived with the five senses). Pick three situations from the play "Harvey" by Mary Chase and explain which characters tend toward belief and which are looking for evidence with regard to Harvey. Do some characters change positions? Why or why not? Do you think that the author supports belief or science more? Please support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
By Act 1, Scene 2, we have some indications that Harvey may not be a figment of Elwood Dowd's imagination. Select two other characters from the play who also have some level of interaction with Harvey (seeing, hearing, etc.) and explain why this is significant within the context of the play. How do each of these characters react to learning about Harvey? Do you think they accept their newly-revealed knowledge or not?
Essay Topic 3
What is the significance of the strong presence of alcohol in Elwood Dowd's life? How do you think this would affect other people's acceptance of Harvey, given that Elwood Dowd drinks a lot? Is it important that the first "outside" person that actually interacts with Harvey is William Chumley, who goes out drinking with Elwood Dowd? Why or why not?
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