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

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

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

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

5. According to Veta Simmons, what keeps people going and separates them from "the beasts"?

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

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

4. 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"?

5. According to Elwood Dowd, how did Harvey get his name?

6. What is Veta Simmons' reasoning for why she was committed instead of Elwood Dowd?

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout the play, Myrtle May Simmons' attitudes toward her uncle are sour and don't change much. How is this character used throughout the story, especially in light of the changes we see in virtually every other character? What aspect of humanity at large does her character represent? Please provide support from the text.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 1, Scene 2, where Elwood Dowd is taken to the sanitarium by Veta Simmons, there is a lot of comic miscommunication occurring. All of the various characters have an incomplete understanding of the situation, which makes Veta Simmons' situation at once comical and tragic. Please find three examples from this scene about how poor communications can create very different results from what was originally intended.

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