Harvey Test | Final 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. After several drinks, with whom did Dr. William Chumley get into an argument over who should pay?

2. Where does Veta Simmons tell Elwood Dowd that Harvey is located?

3. What does Ruth Kelly tell Dr. Lyman Sanderson?

4. Who does Ruth Kelly call to verify Elwood Dowd's story?

5. What does Elwood Dowd tell Ruth Kelly about Dr. William Chumley's whereabouts?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which other characters do you think are starting to believe in Harvey by the end of this scene? Why do they do this?

2. What type of mechanism is relied on in this scene to generate its many comedic moments?

3. In his phone conversation home in this scene, what does Elwood Dowd want to know?

4. How does Dr. William Chumley get escorted out of Charlie's Place, according to Elwood Dowd?

5. Why does Elwood Dowd enter the sanitarium with flowers for Ruth Kelly?

6. What is Veta Simmons' reasoning for why she was committed instead of Elwood Dowd?

7. Why do you think Wilson is agitated when he finally locates Elwood Dowd back at Chumley's Rest?

8. What are some of the reasons Veta Simmons is visibly shaken up and disheveled-looking when she first appears in this scene?

9. What tactic does Dr. William Chumley use to get Elwood Dowd to return home again? Is it successful?

10. Why is Myrtle Mae Simmons surprised when Judge Gaffney arrives at the Dowd home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the strong presence of alcohol in Elwood Dowd's life? How do you think this would affect other people's acceptance of Harvey, given that Elwood Dowd drinks a lot? Is it important that the first "outside" person that actually interacts with Harvey is William Chumley, who goes out drinking with Elwood Dowd? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Toward the end of the play, Elwood Dowd tells the doctor about his mother's advice: "In this world you must be oh, so smart or, oh so pleasant. I was smart. I recommend pleasant" in order to be successful. What do you think this quote means in the context of Elwood Dowd's character in the play? What does this reveal about Elwood Dowd and what he knows about himself and the world around him? Please support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Why is the potential relationship between Myrtle Mae Simmons and Wilson so ironic? Why does Veta Simmons react in the way that she does to the thought of her daughter dating Wilson? Please provide examples from the text where appropriate.

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