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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 this scene take place?

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

3. To whom is Myrtle Mae Simmons immediately attracted?

4. How does Wilson react toward Elwood Dowd when he sees him?

5. Who is helping Dr. Lyman Sanderson pack his things?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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"?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

There is a strong theme throughout this play that contrasts belief (i.e., holding to things that are difficult to prove scientifically) and our need as humans for empirical evidence (scientific proof of things that can be perceived with the five senses). Pick three situations from the play "Harvey" by Mary Chase and explain which characters tend toward belief and which are looking for evidence with regard to Harvey. Do some characters change positions? Why or why not? Do you think that the author supports belief or science more? Please support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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