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. How old is Will?

2. What is Will's opinion of the Roosevelts?

3. What does Will ask Pete to give him?

4. Where does Will say Bill was when he died?

5. How does Lily Dale help the young man from Atlanta?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Lily Dale respond to being deceived by the young man from Atlanta?

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

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

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

7. What is the difference between Will and his brother?

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

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

10. How does Lily Dale describe the Disappointment Clubs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Will learns in the first scene that Ted is replacing him at the company with Tom Jackson, Will's friend and confidant. In what way does Tom represent the changing times in 1950s Houston? How is Tom's promotion sweet for Will? How is it bitter?

Essay Topic 2

What is Carson's function in THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA? What does he represent for Pete? What does he represent for Lily Dale and Will? How does Foote use him to advance the plot?

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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