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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. How does Elwood Dowd speak to Mrs. Greenawalt?

2. What are Myrtle Mae Simmons and her mother primarily trying to achieve?

3. What form does Harvey take?

4. Whom does Ethel Chauvenet invite to dinner "soon"?

5. How old is Elwood Dowd, approximately?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Myrtle Mae Simmons feel about her uncle?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the nurse, Ruth Kelly.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Elwood Dowd comply with Veta Simmons' every wish regarding his mental health (admitting him to Chumley's Rest, administering the formula, etc.)? Why is it left to Vera Simmons to decide what happens to Elwood Dowd and, by extension, Harvey? Please support your answers.

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

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.

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