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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 Veta Simmons trying to do at the sanitarium?
2. What is the probable reason why Veta Simmons wants to get in with the town's society crowd?
3. Betty Chumley and Wilson are left alone at the end of this scene. What do they talk about?
4. In whom is Ruth Kelly interested?
5. How does Elwood Dowd deal with his invisible friend?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Elwood Dowd's feelings toward Ruth Kelly.
2. Do you think that Ethel Chauvenet could see Harvey, given that he likes her very much?
3. How does Elwood Dowd treat everyone on the sanitarium's staff?
4. What do we learn about Elwood Dowd in this first scene of the play?
5. Why is Veta Simmons trying to get accepted by the town's society folk?
6. When Veta Simmons asks Elwood Dowd to wait for her in the parlor, what do you think she wants to talk to him about?
7. Veta Simmons explains to Dr. Lyman Sanderson that Elwood Dowd has some quirks, including drinking. What does this imply about Elwood Dowd?
8. How does Myrtle Mae Simmons feel about her uncle?
9. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. Lyman Sanderson that makes him think she's the crazy one?
10. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson think is best for Veta Simmons?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Toward the end of the play, Elwood Dowd tells the doctor about his mother's advice: "In this world you must be oh, so smart or, oh so pleasant. I was smart. I recommend pleasant" in order to be successful. What do you think this quote means in the context of Elwood Dowd's character in the play? What does this reveal about Elwood Dowd and what he knows about himself and the world around him? Please support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
Given the way in which the play ends and the final attitudes of the characters, do you believe that, within the context of the story, Harvey was a real entity? Why or why not? Does Harvey have to be real in order for the play to be effective? Why or why not? Please provide examples from the text to support your position.
Essay Topic 3
What is it that finally makes Veta Simmons decide she is willing to accept Elwood Dowd just the way he is (Harvey and all)? Please explain your answers using the text where appropriate.
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