Harvey Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 reason does the nurse, Ruth Kelly, give to Dr. Lyman Sanderson for wanting the two of them to join Elwood Dowd for drinks later that night?

2. With whom does Elwood Dowd discuss the details of the book he picked from the bookshelf?

3. In whom is Ruth Kelly interested?

4. What does Elwood Dowd get from behind a book on the bookcase?

5. According to Elwood Dowd, what exactly IS his invisible friend?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think that Ethel Chauvenet could see Harvey, given that he likes her very much?

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

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

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. Describe Elwood Dowd.

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

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

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

10. Is the relationship between the nurse and Dr. Lyman Sanderson purely professional?

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

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

Describe briefly whether or not you feel Veta Simmons and her daughter were only putting up with Elwood Dowd and his invisible friend because he had inherited everything from his and Veta Simmons' mother, including the mansion? Please provide 2-3 examples from the text to support your thesis.

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