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. With whom does Elwood consult about a potential dinner with Ethel Chauvenet?

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

3. What seems to be the main obstacle for Veta's full acceptance by the town's society folk?

4. Does Elwood order from Mrs. Greenawalt?

5. What does Dr. Chumley do to Dr. Sanderson when he finds out they admitted the wrong patient?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Judge Gaffney believe that administering Formula 977 to Elwood is a good idea?

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

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

4. Why is Elwood not upset by the revelation that Dr. Sanderson and even his sister wish to have him committed to Chumley's Rest?

5. What is Elwood's reaction to the parcel brought out by Myrtle Mae?

6. How does Dr. Chumley get to the front door of the sanitarium in Act 3 when he was just locked in his office only moments before?

7. What does Dr. Sanderson think is best for Veta?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is it that finally makes Veta decide she is willing to accept Elwood just the way he is (Harvey and all)? Please explain your answers using the text where appropriate.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Elwood with Dr. Chumley. How are they different? How are they alike? Would these two characters have grown closer together had Elwood never brought up Harvey? Why or why not? Which one of the two do you believe is more sane?

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