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 Harvey look like, according to this scene?

2. What is Dr. William Chumley's emotional state when he enters the sanitarium?

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

4. What does Elwood Dowd tell Ruth Kelly about Dr. William Chumley's whereabouts?

5. Where does Dr. Lyman Sanderson claim to have seen Ruth Kelly last Saturday?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Myrtle Mae Simmons offer up as "proof" that Elwood Dowd is a horrible person to live with (at least according to her)?

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Myrtle Mae Simmons surprised when Judge Gaffney arrives at the Dowd home?

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By the end of Act 2, more people are beginning to believe in Harvey or at least admit there is something to Elwood Dowd's imaginings. Which characters hold some level of belief in Harvey by the end of Act 2, Scene 2? How is the audience brought into this circle of believers? Support your answers from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Why is the potential relationship between Myrtle Mae Simmons and Wilson so ironic? Why does Veta Simmons react in the way that she does to the thought of her daughter dating Wilson? Please provide examples from the text where appropriate.

Essay Topic 3

By Act 1, Scene 2, we have some indications that Harvey may not be a figment of Elwood Dowd's imagination. Select two other characters from the play who also have some level of interaction with Harvey (seeing, hearing, etc.) and explain why this is significant within the context of the play. How do each of these characters react to learning about Harvey? Do you think they accept their newly-revealed knowledge or not?

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