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. Where does Elwood Dowd put the contents he finds in Myrtle Mae Simmons' flat parcel?

2. What does Veta Simmons try to get Elwood Dowd to do?

3. Who enters, looking disheveled and shaken?

4. Where does Dr. William Chumley go to hide?

5. According to Judge Gaffney, what are some of Elwood Dowd's strong points?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Veta Simmons speech about the importance of art significant, if at all?

2. What does Ruth Kelly find out when she calls Charlie's Place to verify Elwood Dowd's story?

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

4. What becomes clear about Elwood Dowd in this scene?

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

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

7. In one or two sentences, describe how the evening's events transpired, according to Elwood Dowd.

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

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

10. What type of mechanism is relied on in this scene to generate its many comedic moments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Given the bits of dialogue and sporadic moments of "belief" from Veta Simmons, do you think she has ever really seen Harvey or not? Please support your thesis with reasons based on the text. If she had seen Harvey, why does she wish Elwood Dowd to not see the creature?

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