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. In this scene, Dr. William Chumley and Judge Gaffney visit whom upstairs in the Dowd mansion?

2. Where has Wilson been searching for Elwood Dowd?

3. What is Elwood Dowd's initial reaction upon seeing the parcel Myrtle Mae Simmons left?

4. What does Elwood Dowd tell Ruth Kelly about Dr. William Chumley's whereabouts?

5. What does Elwood Dowd want to know from Ruth Kelly and Dr. Lyman Sanderson?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Myrtle Mae Simmons surprised when Judge Gaffney arrives at the Dowd home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elwood Dowd's character is virtually unchanging throughout the play. What are the key elements of his personality that come out in each scene he's in? How does his demeanor compare to those around him who are "sane"? Why do you think this particular contrast is brought out by the author? Please support your answers.

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

In Act 1, Scene 2, where Elwood Dowd is taken to the sanitarium by Veta Simmons, there is a lot of comic miscommunication occurring. All of the various characters have an incomplete understanding of the situation, which makes Veta Simmons' situation at once comical and tragic. Please find three examples from this scene about how poor communications can create very different results from what was originally intended.

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