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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 Dr. Sanderson believe about Veta?

2. What does Elwood carry around with him?

3. Who else besides Elwood can see his invisible friend?

4. What does Dr. William Chumley suggest that Dr. Sanderson can use on Veta for her treatment?

5. Does Elwood order from Mrs. Greenawalt?

Short Essay Questions

1. While Veta and Dr. Chumley are arguing in Act 2, Scene 1, what happens?

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

3. Why is Myrtle Mae Simmons surprised when Judge Gaffney arrives at the Dowd home?

4. 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?

5. Why do you think Elwood Dowd invites Mrs. Greenawalt, a telemarketer, to his sister's party?

6. Why do you think Veta is relieved to see "only people" when she arrives at Chumley's Rest in Act 3?

7. In his phone conversation home in Act 2, Scene 1, what does Elwood want to know?

8. Why does Dr. Chumley reinstate Dr. Sanderson in Act 3?

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

10. Describe Elwood's feelings toward Miss Kelly.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There is a strong theme throughout this play that contrasts belief (i.e., holding to things that are difficult to prove scientifically) and our need as humans for empirical evidence (scientific proof of things that can be perceived with the five senses). Pick three situations from the play "Harvey" by Mary Chase and explain which characters tend toward belief and which are looking for evidence with regard to Harvey. Do some characters change positions? Why or why not? Do you think that the author supports belief or science more? Please support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

By Act 1, Scene 2, we have some indications that Harvey may not be a figment of Elwood'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 does each of these characters react to learning about Harvey? Do you think they accept their newly revealed knowledge or not?

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