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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 Elwood Dowd get from behind a book on the bookcase?

2. In whom is Ruth Kelly interested?

3. Ethel Chauvenet is key in the first scene because ______________________.

4. Myrtle Mae Simmons answers the phone as the first scene begins. Who is calling?

5. Who does Dr. Lyman Sanderson believe needs immediate treatment?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Elwood Dowd keep trying to do over and over again, only to be interrupted?

3. Why does Veta Simmons ask her daughter to be especially nice to Ethel Chauvenet?

4. When Veta Simmons asks Elwood Dowd to wait for her in the parlor, what do you think she wants to talk to him about?

5. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson believe is Veta Simmons' motivation for coming to the sanitarium and telling him about Elwood Dowd and Harvey?

6. Veta Simmons explains to Dr. Lyman Sanderson that Elwood Dowd has some quirks, including drinking. What does this imply about Elwood Dowd?

7. Why does Ethel Chauvenet react the way she does when introduced to Harvey?

8. What does Ruth Kelly fear about "accidentally" committing Elwood Dowd earlier that day instead of his "crazy" sister?

9. Why is Dr. Lyman Sanderson mortified when he learns that Elwood Dowd has been sent upstairs at the sanitarium?

10. How do Ruth Kelly and Dr. Lyman Sanderson interact throughout this scene? What does this reveal about their relationship.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Elwood Dowd with Dr. William Chumley. How are they different? How are they alike? Would these two character have grown closer together had Elwood Dowd never brought up Harvey? Why or why not? Which one of the two do you believe is more sane?

Essay Topic 3

Assuming that Harvey is real, as Elwood Dowd says he is, it creates an interesting theme in the play regarding how those with special knowledge (like Elwood Dowd) 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 Dowd's life treat him the way they do? Are they feeling jealous, frightened, inadequate, or something else? Please support your positions from the text.

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