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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. How does Wilson react toward Elwood Dowd when he sees him?

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

3. What does Myrtle Mae Simmons claim about living with her uncle?

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

5. How many bars were searched looking for Elwood Dowd?

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

4. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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