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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. What is the name of Dr. Chumley's wife?

2. How tall is Harvey, according to Elwood?

3. In whom does Miss Kelly seem to be romantically interested in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. How does Elwood speak to Mrs. Greenawalt?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What tactic does Dr. Chumley use to get Elwood to return home again? Is it successful?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. Why is Dr. Sanderson mortified when he first learns that Elwood has been admitted and sent upstairs at the sanitarium?

7. What does Veta tell Dr. Sanderson that makes him think she's the crazy one?

8. Why does Elwood enter the sanitarium with flowers for Miss Kelly in Act 2, Scene 2?

9. When Elwood mentions to Miss Kelly that he has things he needs to do, what is he referring to?

10. With whom does Elwood speak to on the phone in Act 2, Scene 1 when he arrives home and what does he talk about?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How do you think a Pooka like Harvey determines who can see it and who can't? List three people from the play that have different levels of interaction with Harvey (can see him, only see him sometimes, cannot see him) and how that affects their attitude toward Elwood's sanity or lack thereof.

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

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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