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 Elwood Dowd do immediately upon arriving home?

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

3. Where does Dr. Lyman Sanderson claim to have seen Ruth Kelly last Saturday?

4. Who enters, looking disheveled and shaken?

5. Where does this scene take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Elwood Dowd enter the sanitarium with flowers for Ruth Kelly?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Elwood Dowd comply with Veta Simmons' every wish regarding his mental health (admitting him to Chumley's Rest, administering the formula, etc.)? Why is it left to Vera Simmons to decide what happens to Elwood Dowd and, by extension, Harvey? Please support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the strong presence of alcohol in Elwood Dowd's life? How do you think this would affect other people's acceptance of Harvey, given that Elwood Dowd drinks a lot? Is it important that the first "outside" person that actually interacts with Harvey is William Chumley, who goes out drinking with Elwood Dowd? Why or why not?

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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