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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. What are Will's religious beliefs?

2. How does Lily Dale say the maids would disappoint their bosses?

3. What does Will say when Lily Dale tells him the young man from Atlanta's story?

4. From what company is Pete retired?

5. What does Sam Curtis say to Will about the young man from Atlanta?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Will's being fired put Lily Dale in an awkward position?

5. How does Lily Dale describe the Disappointment Clubs?

6. How does Will claim to have gotten Ted's dad to vote Republican for the first time?

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

8. Why is it particularly painful for Will that Tom is replacing him?

9. Describe Will's display of pride at the end of the scene.

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

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

Compare Will Kidder with another tragic character you have encountered in drama or literature (Willy Loman, for example). Compare and contrast the qualities of the these characters. How is Will's tragic fall classic. In what ways is it totally unique?

Essay Topic 3

In the first scene of THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA, Will tells Tom that he is "a natural born competitor," that "nothing fires [him] up like a competition." Write an essay demonstrating how the theme of competition shapes the story of the play. How does it influence Will's actions? What about Ted's? What about the young man from Atlanta's?

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