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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

Elwood'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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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