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. Who does Will call?

2. What does Clara's friend tell her about Eleanor Roosevelt?

3. How does Etta Doris survive now that she can't work?

4. What does the young man say to Lily Dale about the day Bill went down in the water?

5. What does Clara say about Pete and Carson?

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 does Will call Tom about?

3. Why does Lily Dale no longer see Mary Cunningham?

4. How does Clara help Lily Dale remember Etta Doris?

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

6. What is the rest of the Mary Cunningham story?

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

8. Describe Lily Dale's meeting with Etta Doris.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA is divided into six scenes. Discuss the influence of the play's structure on the narrative. How does the story develop from scene to scene. Why do you think Foote chose this six scene structure?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is Carson's function in THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA? What does he represent for Pete? What does he represent for Lily Dale and Will? How does Foote use him to advance the plot?

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