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. What does Pete agree to give Lily Dale?

2. Who has an epileptic child according to Clara?

3. Carson brings along a picture of who?

4. How old does Will say Bill was when he died?

5. How does Will say the company weathered the Depression?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lily Dale say Bill would do the minute he got home for Christmas?

3. What happens at the end of the scene to send Will into the fury that leads to his heart attack?

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

5. How do we know it is odd for Pete to be unable to sleep?

6. What does Will prophesy for Ted, Jr.?

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

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

9. What does Will say happened to his son?

10. What does Will say to Pete to convince him to loan his life savings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Lily Dale? What drives her? What makes her sweet and charming one minute and perfectly self-centered the next? How does she contribute to Will's downfall?

Essay Topic 2

Choose another southern playwright or author whose works you enjoy. Write an essay comparing and contrasting one of your chosen writer's works with Horton Foote's THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA. Discuss differences and similarities in plot, character and style, citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay examining the theme of deception in THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA. Address the following:

1) The ways in which Lily Dale deceives Will.

2) The ways in which Will deceives Lily Dale.

3) They ways in which the young man from Atlanta deceives everyone.

How does Foote employ this theme to keep the story moving a ratchet up dramatic tension?

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