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. Where does Carson say he saw Bill's roommate the previous day?

2. What bank is Will going to downtown?

3. What does Will ask Carson to do before he and Pete leave?

4. How does Etta Doris remember Bill?

5. How does Lily Dale say she deceived Will?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Will's manner with Etta Doris?

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

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

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

6. After recounting his meeting at the bank, Will lies down on the sofa and closes his eyes. How is he interrupted?

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

8. Why does Will refuse to go outside and speak to the young man from Atlanta?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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