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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, people around town tell him about their _______________ each night.
2. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. William Chumley about her brother, Elwood Dowd?
3. Myrtle Mae Simmons insists that the judge do what?
4. What does Dr. William Chumley believe?
5. How did Harvey receive his name, according to Elwood Dowd?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Elwood Dowd enter the sanitarium with flowers for Ruth Kelly?
2. In his phone conversation home in this scene, what does Elwood Dowd want to know?
3. How does Dr. Lyman Sanderson try to psychoanalyze Elwood Dowd's relationship with Harvey?
4. What becomes clear about Elwood Dowd in this scene?
5. While Veta Simmons and Dr. William Chumley are arguing, what happens?
6. Why is Myrtle Mae Simmons surprised when Judge Gaffney arrives at the Dowd home?
7. Who enters the sanitarium toward the end of this scene? What is this person's emotional state?
8. What does Ruth Kelly find out when she calls Charlie's Place to verify Elwood Dowd's story?
9. In one or two sentences, describe how the evening's events transpired, according to Elwood Dowd.
10. What do you think Elwood Dowd meant when he confesses "I wrestled with reality for forty years and I am happy to state that I finally won out over it"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Elwood Dowd's personality is a key component of this play, perhaps moreso than any other event that happens. He remains constant, no matter what is going on around him. What is Elwood Dowd's personality like? Do you attribute his state of mind to being apathetic or ambivalent to the people in his life or his surroundings? Why or why not? Has he truly discovered something that the other characters don't know? If so, what is it? Please provide support from the text.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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