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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 else besides Elwood Dowd can see his invisible friend?

2. According to the sanitarium staff, who entered the sanitarium with Elwood Dowd?

3. According to the dialogue in this scene between Veta SImmons and Ethel Chauvenet, do the two women see each other often?

4. What is the name of the orderly in Chumley's rest?

5. What does Myrtle Mae Simmons wonder aloud about her uncle, Eldwood Dowd?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you suppose Elwood Dowd insists on introducing Harvey to everyone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Elwood Dowd's feelings toward Ruth Kelly.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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