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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. Who does Dr. Chumley call to verify the name of the patient to be admitted to the sanitarium?

2. What does Wilson read at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What is the name of the main character's invisible friend?

4. When Veta hangs up the phone with Mrs. Greenawalt, what does she declare?

5. With whom does Elwood discuss the details of the book he picked from the bookshelf?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Elwood keep trying to do over and over again, only to be interrupted, in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Why does Dr. Chumley reinstate Dr. Sanderson in Act 3?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. What does Dr. Sanderson believe is Veta's motivation for coming to the sanitarium and telling him about Elwood and Harvey in Act 1, Scene 2?

9. Veta and Dr. Chumley argue a great deal in Act 2, Scene 1. What, in general, is the argument about?

10. In his phone conversation home in Act 2, Scene 1, what does Elwood want to know?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Act 1, Scene 2, where Elwood is taken to the sanitarium by Veta, there is a lot of comic miscommunication occurring. All of the various characters have an incomplete understanding of the situation, which makes Veta's 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 or expected.

Essay Topic 3

Why does Elwood comply with Veta's every wish regarding his mental health (admitting him to Chumley's Rest, administering the formula, etc.)? Why is it left to Veta to decide what happens to Elwood and, by extension, Harvey? Please support your answers

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