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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 is the name of the main character's invisible friend?

2. What is Veta Simmons' reaction to Elwood Dowd's "friend"?

3. What does Betty Chumley tell the sanitarium staff about Harvey?

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

5. What seems to be the main obstacle for Veta Simmons' full acceptance by the town's society folk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you suppose Elwood Dowd insists on introducing Harvey to everyone?

2. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson think is best for Veta Simmons?

3. Why is Dr. Lyman Sanderson mortified when he learns that Elwood Dowd has been sent upstairs at the sanitarium?

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

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

6. Why does Ethel Chauvenet react the way she does when introduced to Harvey?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is it that finally makes Veta Simmons decide she is willing to accept Elwood Dowd just the way he is (Harvey and all)? Please explain your answers using the text where appropriate.

Essay Topic 2

Why is the potential relationship between Myrtle Mae Simmons and Wilson so ironic? Why does Veta Simmons react in the way that she does to the thought of her daughter dating Wilson? Please provide examples from the text where appropriate.

Essay Topic 3

In much of the play, Elwood Dowd carries around a raincoat and hat, even though he is wearing a raincoat and hat. What does this say about Elwood Dowd as a person? Why would he do such a thing? Please support your thesis from the text.

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