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 Veta Simmons try to get Elwood Dowd to do?

2. Who comes to the house, asking about Veta Simmons?

3. What does Dr. Lyman Sanderson tell Elwood Dowd?

4. Veta Simmons informs Dr. William Chumley that she knows where Elwood Dowd is. Where is he?

5. How does Judge Gaffney feel about Elwood Dowd being locked up in the sanitarium?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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