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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. Who does Dr. William Chumley call to verify the name of the patient to be admitted to the sanitarium?

2. What is the probable reason why Veta Simmons wants to get in with the town's society crowd?

3. What does Wilson read at the end of this scene?

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

5. Throughout the dialogue between Myrtle Mae Simmons and her mother, what do we learn about their attitude towards Elwood Dowd?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Elwood Dowd treat everyone on the sanitarium's staff?

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

5. Describe Elwood Dowd.

6. According to Veta Simmons, to whom did her mother leave everything, including the mansion?

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

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

9. Why is Veta Simmons trying to get accepted by the town's society folk?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By the end of Act 2, more people are beginning to believe in Harvey or at least admit there is something to Elwood Dowd's imaginings. Which characters hold some level of belief in Harvey by the end of Act 2, Scene 2? How is the audience brought into this circle of believers? Support your answers from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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 Dowd's sanity or lack thereof.

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