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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 orderly in Chumley's rest?
2. In whom is Ruth Kelly interested?
3. At one point in this scene, Veta Simmons asks Myrtle Mae Simmons to verify what?
4. What does Wilson read at the end of this scene?
5. What is the probable reason why Veta Simmons wants to get in with the town's society crowd?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do we learn about Elwood Dowd in this first scene of the play?
2. Why do you think Elwood Dowd invites Mrs. Greenawalt, a telemarketer, to his sister's party?
3. Why do you suppose Elwood Dowd insists on introducing Harvey to everyone?
4. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. Lyman Sanderson that makes him think she's the crazy one?
5. Why does Veta Simmons ask her daughter to be especially nice to Ethel Chauvenet?
6. Describe the nurse, Ruth Kelly.
7. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson believe is Veta Simmons' motivation for coming to the sanitarium and telling him about Elwood Dowd and Harvey?
8. What does Ruth Kelly fear about "accidentally" committing Elwood Dowd earlier that day instead of his "crazy" sister?
9. Why does Ethel Chauvenet react the way she does when introduced to Harvey?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Given the bits of dialogue and sporadic moments of "belief" from Veta Simmons, do you think she has ever really seen Harvey or not? Please support your thesis with reasons based on the text. If she had seen Harvey, why does she wish Elwood Dowd to not see the creature?
Essay Topic 2
By the end of Act 2, more people are beginning to believe in Harvey or at least admit there is something to Elwood Dowd's imaginings. Which characters hold some level of belief in Harvey by the end of Act 2, Scene 2? How is the audience brought into this circle of believers? Support your answers from the text.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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