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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 Dr. Chumley's wife?

2. How tall is Harvey, according to Elwood?

3. In whom does Miss Kelly seem to be romantically interested in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. How does Elwood speak to Mrs. Greenawalt?

5. What detail about Elwood does Veta originally reveal to Dr. Sanderson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What tactic does Dr. Chumley use to get Elwood to return home again? Is it successful?

2. What does Miss Kelly fear about "accidentally" committing Elwood earlier that day instead of his "crazy" sister?

3. What becomes clear about Elwood in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

5. When Veta asks Elwood to wait for her in the parlor in Act 1, Scene 1, what do you think she wants to talk to him about?

6. Why is Dr. Sanderson mortified when he first learns that Elwood has been admitted and sent upstairs at the sanitarium?

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

8. Why does Elwood enter the sanitarium with flowers for Miss Kelly in Act 2, Scene 2?

9. When Elwood mentions to Miss Kelly that he has things he needs to do, what is he referring to?

10. With whom does Elwood speak to on the phone in Act 2, Scene 1 when he arrives home and what does he talk about?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the strong presence of alcohol in Elwood's life? How do you think this would affect other people's acceptance of Harvey, given that Elwood drinks a lot? Is it important that the first "outside" person that actually interacts with Harvey is William Chumley, who goes out drinking with Elwood? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Assuming that Harvey is real, as Elwood says he is, it creates an interesting theme in the play regarding how those with special knowledge (like Elwood) 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'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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