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

2. According to Elwood Dowd's story, after Dr. William Chumley was through with his argument he ______________.

3. What does Dr. William Chumley believe?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Elwood Dowd with Dr. William Chumley. How are they different? How are they alike? Would these two character have grown closer together had Elwood Dowd never brought up Harvey? Why or why not? Which one of the two do you believe is more sane?

Essay Topic 2

Assuming that Harvey is real, as Elwood Dowd says he is, it creates an interesting theme in the play regarding how those with special knowledge (like Elwood Dowd) are treated by those without it (the rest of the characters). Looking at how the characters interact through this perspective, why do the other people in Elwood Dowd's life treat him the way they do? Are they feeling jealous, frightened, inadequate, or something else? Please support your positions from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Describe briefly whether or not you feel Veta Simmons and her daughter were only putting up with Elwood Dowd and his invisible friend because he had inherited everything from his and Veta Simmons' mother, including the mansion? Please provide 2-3 examples from the text to support your thesis.

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