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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 Elwood Dowd say Dr. William Chumley found him?

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

3. According to Elwood Dowd, people around town tell him about their _______________ each night.

4. Who comes to the house, asking about Veta Simmons?

5. What does Elwood do before leaving the scene again?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the strong presence of alcohol in Elwood Dowd's life? How do you think this would affect other people's acceptance of Harvey, given that Elwood Dowd drinks a lot? Is it important that the first "outside" person that actually interacts with Harvey is William Chumley, who goes out drinking with Elwood Dowd? Why or why not?

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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