Short Essay Questions Key
1. How does Willy describe her memory of the day before the battle at Fort Griswold?
Willy Freeman says her most vivid memories of that day are of the sun flashing on the bayonets carried by the British soldiers as they passed the Freeman house.
2. Why are Jack and his family no longer slaves?
Jack and his family are free because Jordan agrees to fight with the Americans against the British during the American Revolution. Colonel Ledyard, Jack's former owner, frees Jordan, as was the habit of the day. While he wasn't obligated to free Jordan's family, he did, so the entire family is free.
3. Why does Willy wish her father were home. and what does her mother say to that wish?
Willy says she wishes her father were home, but her mother Lucy counters, saying that Jordan is safer out on the bay fishing than he would be if he were involved in the fighting.
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