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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 does Betty Chumley tell the sanitarium staff about Harvey?
2. Who is ultimately locked up in the sanitarium in this scene?
3. What does Veta Simmons tell Elwood Dowd to do?
4. What is Veta Simmons' reaction to Elwood Dowd's "friend"?
5. Throughout the dialogue between Myrtle Mae Simmons and her mother, what do we learn about their attitude towards Elwood Dowd?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Dr. Lyman Sanderson mortified when he learns that Elwood Dowd has been sent upstairs at the sanitarium?
2. Is the relationship between the nurse and Dr. Lyman Sanderson purely professional?
3. What do we learn about Elwood Dowd in this first scene of the play?
4. Do you think that Ethel Chauvenet could see Harvey, given that he likes her very much?
5. Veta Simmons explains to Dr. Lyman Sanderson that Elwood Dowd has some quirks, including drinking. What does this imply about Elwood Dowd?
6. Why does Veta Simmons ask her daughter to be especially nice to Ethel Chauvenet?
7. How does Myrtle Mae Simmons feel about her uncle?
8. Why is Veta Simmons trying to get accepted by the town's society folk?
9. Describe Elwood Dowd's feelings toward Ruth Kelly.
10. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson believe is Veta Simmons' motivation for coming to the sanitarium and telling him about Elwood Dowd and Harvey?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In much of the play, Elwood Dowd carries around a raincoat and hat, even though he is wearing a raincoat and hat. What does this say about Elwood Dowd as a person? Why would he do such a thing? Please support your thesis from the text.
Essay Topic 2
By Act 1, Scene 2, we have some indications that Harvey may not be a figment of Elwood Dowd'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 do each of these characters react to learning about Harvey? Do you think they accept their newly-revealed knowledge or not?
Essay Topic 3
Elwood Dowd's character is virtually unchanging throughout the play. What are the key elements of his personality that come out in each scene he's in? How does his demeanor compare to those around him who are "sane"? Why do you think this particular contrast is brought out by the author? Please support your answers.
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