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

2. What does Dr. William Chumley assure Judge Gaffney of to hopefully avoid a lawsuit?

3. Where does this scene take place?

4. What is Dr. William Chumley's emotional state when he enters the sanitarium?

5. Who enters with a bouquet of flowers for Ruth Kelly?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Elwood Dowd's reaction to the parcel brought out by Myrtle Mae Simmons?

3. With whom does Elwood Dowd speak to on the phone when he arrives home and what does he talk about?

4. What does Myrtle Mae Simmons offer up as "proof" that Elwood Dowd is a horrible person to live with (at least according to her)?

5. Why is Veta Simmons speech about the importance of art significant, if at all?

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

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

8. When Elwood Dowd mentions to Ruth Kelly that he has things he needs to do, what is he referring to?

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

10. In one or two sentences, describe how the evening's events transpired, according to Elwood Dowd.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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