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. What is Elwood Dowd's initial reaction upon seeing the parcel Myrtle Mae Simmons left?

2. Who says "A painting shows not only the reality but the dream behind it"?

3. Who enters the scene after Elwood Dowd, Dr. Lyman Sanderson, and the nurse exit?

4. What does Harvey look like, according to this scene?

5. According to Judge Gaffney, what are some of Elwood Dowd's strong points?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is it that finally makes Veta Simmons decide she is willing to accept Elwood Dowd just the way he is (Harvey and all)? Please explain your answers using the text where appropriate.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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