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. What does Elwood do before leaving the scene again?

2. Who holds back Wilson when he tries to physically assault Elwood Dowd?

3. Who enters, looking disheveled and shaken?

4. Who enters the scene after Elwood Dowd, Dr. Lyman Sanderson, and the nurse exit?

5. What does Myrtle Mae Simmons claim about living with her uncle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Elwood Dowd enter the sanitarium with flowers for Ruth Kelly?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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