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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 Myrtle Mae Simmons wonder aloud about her uncle, Eldwood Dowd?

2. Who does Dr. William Chumley call to verify the name of the patient to be admitted to the sanitarium?

3. Who does Dr. Lyman Sanderson believe needs immediate treatment?

4. What does Dr. William Chumley do to Dr. Lyman Sanderson when he finds out they admitted the wrong patient?

5. According to the sanitarium staff, who entered the sanitarium with Elwood Dowd?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think that Ethel Chauvenet could see Harvey, given that he likes her very much?

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. How does Myrtle Mae Simmons feel about her uncle?

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

6. How do Ruth Kelly and Dr. Lyman Sanderson interact throughout this scene? What does this reveal about their relationship.

7. Why is Veta Simmons trying to get accepted by the town's society folk?

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

9. Why does Veta Simmons ask her daughter to be especially nice to Ethel Chauvenet?

10. When Veta Simmons asks Elwood Dowd to wait for her in the parlor, what do you think she wants to talk to him about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Myrtle May Simmons' attitudes toward her uncle are sour and don't change much. How is this character used throughout the story, especially in light of the changes we see in virtually every other character? What aspect of humanity at large does her character represent? Please provide support from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Given the way in which the play ends and the final attitudes of the characters, do you believe that, within the context of the story, Harvey was a real entity? Why or why not? Does Harvey have to be real in order for the play to be effective? Why or why not? Please provide examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Assuming that Harvey is real, as Elwood Dowd says he is, it creates an interesting theme in the play regarding how those with special knowledge (like Elwood Dowd) are treated by those without it (the rest of the characters). Looking at how the characters interact through this perspective, why do the other people in Elwood Dowd's life treat him the way they do? Are they feeling jealous, frightened, inadequate, or something else? Please support your positions from the text.

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