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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 form does Harvey take?

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

3. Who else besides Elwood Dowd can see his invisible friend?

4. What observation does Myrtle Mae Simmons make about her mother in relation to her uncle, Elwood Dowd?

5. What are Veta Simmons and Ruth Kelly talking about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson believe is Veta Simmons' motivation for coming to the sanitarium and telling him about Elwood Dowd and Harvey?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Elwood Dowd.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 1, Scene 2, where Elwood Dowd is taken to the sanitarium by Veta Simmons, there is a lot of comic miscommunication occurring. All of the various characters have an incomplete understanding of the situation, which makes Veta Simmons' situation at once comical and tragic. Please find three examples from this scene about how poor communications can create very different results from what was originally intended.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play "Harvey", Mary Chase weaves a theme about how humans need to hold onto their dreams. This is best articulated by Veta Simmons when she is speaking with Judge Gaffney in Act 2, Scene 1. Do you believe the author is trying to say that, although Harvey may not be real, it is important for people to believe in something beyond themselves that, ultimately, makes them better? Please support your thesis from examples based on the text.

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