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. According to the dialogue in this scene between Veta SImmons and Ethel Chauvenet, do the two women see each other often?

2. How does Elwood Dowd deal with his invisible friend?

3. Does Elwood Dowd order from Mrs. Greenawalt?

4. How do the employees of the sanitarium regard Dr. William Chumley?

5. What does Veta Simmons tell Elwood Dowd to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why do you think Elwood Dowd invites Mrs. Greenawalt, a telemarketer, to his sister's party?

8. Describe Elwood Dowd.

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

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

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

Elwood Dowd's personality is a key component of this play, perhaps moreso than any other event that happens. He remains constant, no matter what is going on around him. What is Elwood Dowd's personality like? Do you attribute his state of mind to being apathetic or ambivalent to the people in his life or his surroundings? Why or why not? Has he truly discovered something that the other characters don't know? If so, what is it? Please provide support from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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