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 Will say he thinks is the cause of his sour mood?

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

3. Where is Will at the top of the play?

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

5. How long does the doctor say it will be before Will can return to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Will say he is at heart?

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

3. Who is the young man from Atlanta?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA takes place in Houston in the spring of 1950. Why is the time period important? What are some of the prevailing social themes of this decade? How do they support the action of 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

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?

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