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 Dr. Lyman Sanderson take Elwood Dowd?

2. Where does Elwood Dowd say Dr. William Chumley found him?

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

4. What does Dr. William Chumley ask Wilson to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. While Veta Simmons and Dr. William Chumley are arguing, what happens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 way in which the play ends and the final attitudes of the characters, do you believe that, within the context of the story, Harvey was a real entity? Why or why not? Does Harvey have to be real in order for the play to be effective? Why or why not? Please provide examples from the text to support your position.

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