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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 does Lily Dale help the young man from Atlanta?

2. What does Pete tell Lily Dale about her financial situation?

3. From what company is Pete retired?

4. What does Will say about Bill's job?

5. What does Pete agree to give Lily Dale?

Short Essay Questions

1. What new "blow" does Pete deliver to Will?

2. What does Carson say about the photograph of Bill that Lily Dale and Will have?

3. How does Pete convince Lily Dale that it is okay for Will to go to the bank?

4. What is Pete's attitude toward education?

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

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

7. How does Will's meeting at the Bank go?

8. What does Will call Tom about?

9. How does Lily Dale describe the Disappointment Clubs?

10. What conversation about Bill do Will and Lily Dale finally have?

Essay 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

Explore the relationship between Will and Lily Dale Kidder in THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA. How does their relationship change over the course of the play? What events precipitate this change? How are Will and Lily Dale each different at the end of the play? In what ways are they the same?

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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