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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. How many bars were searched looking for Elwood Dowd?

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

3. What is Wilson's attitude toward Elwood Dowd's story regarding Dr. William Chumley?

4. Who seems most concerned about the character that's gone missing at the outset of the scene?

5. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson ask Elwood Dowd to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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"?

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

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

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

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.

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