Harvey Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. With whom does Elwood Dowd discuss the details of the book he picked from the bookshelf?

2. At one point in this scene, Veta Simmons asks Myrtle Mae Simmons to verify what?

3. According to Elwood Dowd, what exactly IS his invisible friend?

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

5. Which of these characters is constantly being visited by a pooka?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Elwood Dowd's feelings toward Ruth Kelly.

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

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

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

7. Describe the nurse, Ruth Kelly.

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

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

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

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

Toward the end of the play, Elwood Dowd tells the doctor about his mother's advice: "In this world you must be oh, so smart or, oh so pleasant. I was smart. I recommend pleasant" in order to be successful. What do you think this quote means in the context of Elwood Dowd's character in the play? What does this reveal about Elwood Dowd and what he knows about himself and the world around him? Please support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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