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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 Ethel Chauvenet's reaction to Elwood's invisible friend?

2. Myrtle Mae answers the phone as the first scene begins. Who is calling?

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

4. What does Dr. Sanderson believe about Veta?

5. How does Elwood describe Harvey to Dr. Chumley's wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Myrtle Mae offer up as "proof" that Elwood is a horrible person to live with (at least according to her)?

2. How do Miss Kelly and Dr. Sanderson interact throughout Act 1, Scene 2? What does this reveal about their relationship?

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

4. What type of mechanism is relied on in Act 2, Scene 1 to generate its many comedic moments?

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

6. While Veta and Dr. Chumley are arguing in Act 2, Scene 1, what happens?

7. Given Veta's reactions to Elwood and her daughter, do you think she truly disbelieves her brother regarding Harvey?

8. In the second scene of Act 2, what does Miss Kelly find out when she calls Charlie's Place to verify Elwood's story?

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

10. What do we learn about Elwood in the very first scene of the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Myrtle Mae's 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.

Essay Topic 2

There is a strong theme throughout this play that contrasts belief (i.e., holding to things that are difficult to prove scientifically) and our need as humans for empirical evidence (scientific proof of things that can be perceived with the five senses). Pick three situations from the play "Harvey" by Mary Chase and explain which characters tend toward belief and which are looking for evidence with regard to Harvey. Do some characters change positions? Why or why not? Do you think that the author supports belief or science more? Please support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

By Act 1, Scene 2, we have some indications that Harvey may not be a figment of Elwood's imagination. Select two other characters from the play who also have some level of interaction with Harvey (seeing, hearing, etc.) and explain why this is significant within the context of the play. How does each of these characters react to learning about Harvey? Do you think they accept their newly revealed knowledge or not?

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