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. Where does this scene take place?

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

3. What happens to the front door at the end of this scene?

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

5. What does Dr. William Chumley ask Wilson to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. According to Elwood Dowd, how did Harvey get his name?

9. What does Ruth Kelly find out when she calls Charlie's Place to verify Elwood Dowd's story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play "Harvey", Mary Chase weaves a theme about how humans need to hold onto their dreams. This is best articulated by Veta Simmons when she is speaking with Judge Gaffney in Act 2, Scene 1. Do you believe the author is trying to say that, although Harvey may not be real, it is important for people to believe in something beyond themselves that, ultimately, makes them better? Please support your thesis from examples based on the text.

Essay Topic 3

Describe briefly whether or not you feel Veta Simmons and her daughter were only putting up with Elwood Dowd and his invisible friend because he had inherited everything from his and Veta Simmons' mother, including the mansion? Please provide 2-3 examples from the text to support your thesis.

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