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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 does Dr. Lyman Sanderson posit as the reason why Veta Simmons came to Chumley's Rest?

2. What is Veta Simmons' reaction to Elwood Dowd's "friend"?

3. Who is ultimately locked up in the sanitarium in this scene?

4. What one word best sums up the type of humor in this scene?

5. What does Mrs. Greenawalt try to sell Elwood Dowd over the phone?

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

4. Veta Simmons explains to Dr. Lyman Sanderson that Elwood Dowd has some quirks, including drinking. What does this imply about Elwood Dowd?

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

6. How does Myrtle Mae Simmons feel about her uncle?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Elwood Dowd comply with Veta Simmons' every wish regarding his mental health (admitting him to Chumley's Rest, administering the formula, etc.)? Why is it left to Vera Simmons to decide what happens to Elwood Dowd and, by extension, Harvey? Please support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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