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. Who enters, looking disheveled and shaken?

2. What does Veta Simmons ask the judge to do?

3. Upon learning where Elwood Dowd is, what does Dr. William Chumley do?

4. Where does Dr. Lyman Sanderson claim to have seen Ruth Kelly last Saturday?

5. Where does this scene take place?

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 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"?

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

4. While Veta Simmons and Dr. William Chumley are arguing, what happens?

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

6. What does Ruth Kelly find out when she calls Charlie's Place to verify Elwood Dowd's story?

7. Who enters the sanitarium toward the end of this scene? What is this person's emotional state?

8. How does Dr. Lyman Sanderson try to psychoanalyze Elwood Dowd's relationship with Harvey?

9. Veta Simmons and Dr. William Chumley argue a great deal in this scene. What in general is the argument about?

10. What becomes clear about Elwood Dowd in this scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Myrtle May Simmons' attitudes toward her uncle are sour and don't change much. How is this character used throughout the story, especially in light of the changes we see in virtually every other character? What aspect of humanity at large does her character represent? Please provide support from the text.

Essay Topic 2

In much of the play, Elwood Dowd carries around a raincoat and hat, even though he is wearing a raincoat and hat. What does this say about Elwood Dowd as a person? Why would he do such a thing? Please support your thesis from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Given the bits of dialogue and sporadic moments of "belief" from Veta Simmons, do you think she has ever really seen Harvey or not? Please support your thesis with reasons based on the text. If she had seen Harvey, why does she wish Elwood Dowd to not see the creature?

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