The Young Man from Atlanta Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why is Will short of breath at the beginning of the play?

Will has a slight heart condition, and he says he thinks he "overdid" it a bit in the week prior to the first scene. His condition is "nothing serious," Will says, but according to the doctor, he must "use common sense and not overdo."

2. When does Will say he discovered his heart condition?

Will says he discovered his heart condition the day before. Will says he wanted more life insurance, so he had to get a physical. The doctor's report showed Will has a heart condition.

3. Why does Will want such a big house for only two people?

Will wants the biggest and the best of everything. He says he always has. He comes from a poor family and after his father died he promised himself he would have the biggest and the best of everything from then on.

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