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 does Ruth Kelly call to verify Elwood Dowd's story?

2. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. William Chumley about her brother, Elwood Dowd?

3. Where has Wilson been searching for Elwood Dowd?

4. Throughout this scene, who remains adamant that Elwood Dowd be locked up in the sanitarium?

5. Where was Harvey when Elwood Dowd first met him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given the way in which the play ends and the final attitudes of the characters, do you believe that, within the context of the story, Harvey was a real entity? Why or why not? Does Harvey have to be real in order for the play to be effective? Why or why not? Please provide examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

By Act 1, Scene 2, we have some indications that Harvey may not be a figment of Elwood Dowd's imagination. Select two other characters from the play who also have some level of interaction with Harvey (seeing, hearing, etc.) and explain why this is significant within the context of the play. How do each of these characters react to learning about Harvey? Do you think they accept their newly-revealed knowledge or not?

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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