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

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 detail about Elwood Dowd does Veta Simmons originally reveal to Dr. Lyman Sanderson?

5. What is the name of the main character's niece?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson think is best for Veta Simmons?

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

8. Describe Elwood Dowd.

9. Describe the nurse, Ruth Kelly.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given the way in which the play ends and the final attitudes of the characters, do you believe that, within the context of the story, Harvey was a real entity? Why or why not? Does Harvey have to be real in order for the play to be effective? Why or why not? Please provide examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play "Harvey", Mary Chase weaves a theme about how humans need to hold onto their dreams. This is best articulated by Veta Simmons when she is speaking with Judge Gaffney in Act 2, Scene 1. Do you believe the author is trying to say that, although Harvey may not be real, it is important for people to believe in something beyond themselves that, ultimately, makes them better? Please support your thesis from examples based on the text.

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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