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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. What kind of advice does Dr. Lyman Sanderson give Ruth Kelly?

3. What does Elwood Dowd tell Betty Chumley on the phone?

4. What does Veta Simmons tell Dr. William Chumley about her brother, Elwood Dowd?

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

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

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

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

5. What is Veta Simmons' reasoning for why she was committed instead of Elwood Dowd?

6. 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"?

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

9. How does Dr. Lyman Sanderson try to psychoanalyze Elwood Dowd's relationship with Harvey?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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