War Comes to Willy Freeman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James Collier
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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 does Lucy tell two black men to take with them?

2. Why do Willy and her mother run toward the cow?

3. How does Willy distract her captives?

4. How will Willy get where she is going?

5. About what is Willy afraid?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Willy end up staying in the fort during the fighting, and what does she do?

2. How does Willy escape the American raiding party?

3. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

4. How do the British treat the Americans after the Americans surrender?

5. What questions does Captain Ivers ask Willy? What worries Willy about his questions?

6. Why is it lucky that Willy's uncle Jack is at home?

7. Describe the debate Willy has in her head concerning being an American versus a British subject.

8. How does the Freeman family obtain a cow, and what does it symbolize to Lucy?

9. How does Willy get into the Fort?

10. How does Granny Hyde offer to help Willy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many authors if queried would admit that they have an agenda for writing a particular novel. Discuss the following:

1. Define and give examples of the concept of "author agenda."

2. Do you think Collier has an agenda in mind when he writes War Comes to Willy Freeman?

3. What do you think would be Collier's agenda(s) (if he has one)? Give examples to illustrate how the agenda is fulfilled.

4. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

5. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Willy Freeman from the beginning of the book to who she is at the end of the book. How are they similar? How are they different? Which character do you like more? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Mr. Goodrich and Mr. Fraunces. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in War Comes to Willy Freeman help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think War Comes to Willy Freeman is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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