The Young Man from Atlanta Test | Mid-Book 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. Why does Will believe Bill committed suicide?

2. What does Will do with the check Tom left him?

3. How does Will justify the immense cost of his new house?

4. How old does Lily Dale say she was when she lost her father?

5. What kind of person does Will feel he is at heart?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Will say he started off at Sunshine Produce?

2. How does Lily Dale say she knew for sure the young man was lying?

3. What does Lily Dale learn about Bill's religiousness from the young man from Atlanta?

4. What are the circumstances surrounding the money Lily Dale gives to the young man from Atlanta?

5. How are Will and Lily Dale's attitudes toward religion different?

6. What does Will tell Carson about Houston?

7. Why does will say he thinks the banks of Houston are running disappointment clubs?

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

9. What does Lily Dale do every time she feels blue from missing her son?

10. In what way does Will discover that he has been foolish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the roles of the maids in THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA. How are they treated? What does their status seem to be? How does the talk of Disappointment Clubs highlight the role of the maids in the play? How does the generational difference between Clara and Etta Doris parallel other generational differences in the play?

Essay Topic 2

The audience never even learns his name, but the young man from Atlanta is a distinct force in the play. What is this character's dramatic purpose? Why do we never learn his name? What kind of aura surrounds the young man from Atlanta in the beginning of the play? How does that aura evolve? Is our opinion of the young man at the end of the play more aligned with Will's or Lily Dale's? Why?

Essay Topic 3

What is Pete's role in the story? How does he function in when we first encounter him? How does his role evolve? In what ways is he provided for and in what ways is he the provider in THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA?

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