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. Who does Lily Dale say started the Disappointment Clubs in Houston?

2. How many children does Vivian have?

3. Who calls Will while he's talking to Tom?

4. Where is Carson staying?

5. What is Will going to do now that he's fired?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Will feel about his conversation with Ted, Jr. once he gets home?

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

3. How does Lily Dale describe the Disappointment Clubs?

4. How does Etta Doris describe Bill?

5. What does Alice Temple say to Lily Dale about God?

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

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

8. What does Will say to Carson and Pete about the way he has been treating his wife?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Bill in THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA? How is his death connected to the action of the play? How does Lily Dale's relationship with his memory change over the course of the play? How does Will's?

Essay Topic 3

Horton Foote often said that nothing is more important in his work than a sense of place. Write an essay exploring the influence of the setting of THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA. How is Houston influential? What about the Kidder's house? What about Sunshine produce?

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