The Young Man from Atlanta Test | Final 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 did Will find in Bill's safety deposit box?

2. Why does the man at the bank say the meeting could not have been conducted over the phone?

3. Etta Doris mistakes Pete for whom?

4. What family does the young man from Atlanta claim to have?

5. Pete says Carson reminds him of whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Will runs into Ted Cleveland, Jr. at the bank. What do he and Will discuss?

2. What confession does Will make to Lily Dale after he tells her about the courtesy call at the bank?

3. What do Lily Dale and Will argue about in this scene?

4. What does Lily Dale initially confess to doing with Mary Cunningham?

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

6. What holds up Pete and Carson momentarily as they are leaving for Atlanta?

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

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

9. How does the young man from Atlanta get Lily Dale to talk to him?

10. What sacrifices do Lily Dale and Will propose in order to get by?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Great mystery surrounds Bill's signing over of his father's checks to the young man from Atlanta. Why do you think Bill gave his roommate all the money his father sent him? Build a case using specific examples from the play.

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