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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 Dr. William Chumley assure Judge Gaffney of to hopefully avoid a lawsuit?
2. How does Judge Gaffney feel about Elwood Dowd being locked up in the sanitarium?
3. How does Elwood Dowd respond to Wilson's questions?
4. What does Myrtle Mae Simmons claim about living with her uncle?
5. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. William Chumley about her brother, 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. Why does Elwood Dowd enter the sanitarium with flowers for Ruth Kelly?
3. What is Veta Simmons' reasoning for why she was committed instead of Elwood Dowd?
4. What does Ruth Kelly find out when she calls Charlie's Place to verify Elwood Dowd's story?
5. How does Dr. Lyman Sanderson try to psychoanalyze Elwood Dowd's relationship with Harvey?
6. Why do you think Wilson is agitated when he finally locates Elwood Dowd back at Chumley's Rest?
7. With whom does Elwood Dowd speak to on the phone when he arrives home and what does he talk about?
8. Veta Simmons and Dr. William Chumley argue a great deal in this scene. What in general is the argument about?
9. When Elwood Dowd mentions to Ruth Kelly that he has things he needs to do, what is he referring to?
10. What is Elwood Dowd's reaction to the parcel brought out by Myrtle Mae Simmons?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Elwood Dowd's personality is a key component of this play, perhaps moreso than any other event that happens. He remains constant, no matter what is going on around him. What is Elwood Dowd's personality like? Do you attribute his state of mind to being apathetic or ambivalent to the people in his life or his surroundings? Why or why not? Has he truly discovered something that the other characters don't know? If so, what is it? Please provide support from the text.
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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