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 comes to the house, asking about Veta Simmons?

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

3. Who enters with a bouquet of flowers for Ruth Kelly?

4. Where does Dr. William Chumley go to hide?

5. What does Dr. William Chumley want to know about Elwood Dowd?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do you think Wilson is agitated when he finally locates Elwood Dowd back at Chumley's Rest?

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

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

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

8. What type of mechanism is relied on in this scene to generate its many comedic moments?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Assuming that Harvey is real, as Elwood Dowd says he is, it creates an interesting theme in the play regarding how those with special knowledge (like Elwood Dowd) are treated by those without it (the rest of the characters). Looking at how the characters interact through this perspective, why do the other people in Elwood Dowd's life treat him the way they do? Are they feeling jealous, frightened, inadequate, or something else? Please support your positions from the text.

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

What is it that finally makes Veta Simmons decide she is willing to accept Elwood Dowd just the way he is (Harvey and all)? Please explain your answers using the text where appropriate.

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