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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. How is Elwood Dowd dressed when we first see him?
2. How do the employees of the sanitarium regard Dr. William Chumley?
3. What is the name of the main character's niece?
4. With whom does Elwood Dowd consult about a potential dinner with Ethel Chauvenet?
5. Who is speaking to Veta Simmons as the scene opens?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you suppose Elwood Dowd insists on introducing Harvey to everyone?
2. Why does Veta Simmons ask her daughter to be especially nice to Ethel Chauvenet?
3. According to Veta Simmons, to whom did her mother leave everything, including the mansion?
4. Veta Simmons explains to Dr. Lyman Sanderson that Elwood Dowd has some quirks, including drinking. What does this imply about Elwood Dowd?
5. Is the relationship between the nurse and Dr. Lyman Sanderson purely professional?
6. What do we learn about Elwood Dowd in this first scene of the play?
7. Describe the nurse, Ruth Kelly.
8. Describe Elwood Dowd's feelings toward Ruth Kelly.
9. Describe Elwood Dowd.
10. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. Lyman Sanderson that makes him think she's the crazy one?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
By Act 1, Scene 2, we have some indications that Harvey may not be a figment of Elwood Dowd'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 do each of these characters react to learning about Harvey? Do you think they accept their newly-revealed knowledge or not?
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
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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