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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. What kind of advice does Dr. Lyman Sanderson give Ruth Kelly?
2. According to Judge Gaffney, what are some of Elwood Dowd's strong points?
3. According to Elwood Dowd, people around town tell him about their _______________ each night.
4. How does Wilson react toward Elwood Dowd when he sees him?
5. Who seems most concerned about the character that's gone missing at the outset of the scene?
Short Essay Questions
1. What tactic does Dr. William Chumley use to get Elwood Dowd to return home again? Is it successful?
2. How does Dr. Lyman Sanderson try to psychoanalyze Elwood Dowd's relationship with Harvey?
3. Why does Elwood Dowd enter the sanitarium with flowers for Ruth Kelly?
4. Which other characters do you think are starting to believe in Harvey by the end of this scene? Why do they do this?
5. Why do you think Wilson is agitated when he finally locates Elwood Dowd back at Chumley's Rest?
6. What is Veta Simmons' reasoning for why she was committed instead of Elwood Dowd?
7. Why is Veta Simmons speech about the importance of art significant, if at all?
8. In his phone conversation home in this scene, what does Elwood Dowd want to know?
9. What type of mechanism is relied on in this scene to generate its many comedic moments?
10. While Veta Simmons and Dr. William Chumley are arguing, what happens?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Elwood Dowd's character is virtually unchanging throughout the play. What are the key elements of his personality that come out in each scene he's in? How does his demeanor compare to those around him who are "sane"? Why do you think this particular contrast is brought out by the author? Please support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
Toward the end of the play, Elwood Dowd tells the doctor about his mother's advice: "In this world you must be oh, so smart or, oh so pleasant. I was smart. I recommend pleasant" in order to be successful. What do you think this quote means in the context of Elwood Dowd's character in the play? What does this reveal about Elwood Dowd and what he knows about himself and the world around him? Please support your answers.
Essay Topic 3
Why does Elwood Dowd comply with Veta Simmons' every wish regarding his mental health (admitting him to Chumley's Rest, administering the formula, etc.)? Why is it left to Vera Simmons to decide what happens to Elwood Dowd and, by extension, Harvey? Please support your answers.
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