War Comes to Willy Freeman Test | Mid-Book 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 does Willy do immediately after her visitor leaves?

2. What does Willy say is not a good idea to her aunt?

3. What does Colonel Ledyard do that is not required of him?

4. Why does the soldier that grabs Willy laugh?

5. What does Captain Ivers say he needs Dan to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

2. What does Willy say about black men in the British army, and how do the two soldiers respond?

3. What does Willy's father say about seeing the British ships in the bay?

4. Describe Willy's first meeting with her aunt Betsy.

5. What does Willy do after leaving the fort?

6. What do Willy and her aunt Betsy discuss concerning New York?

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

8. Describe Willy's entry into the fort.

9. Who is Granny Hyde, and what does she tell Willy?

10. What does Willy tell her aunt she wants to do, and how does the aunt respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

War Comes to Willy Freeman could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Willy Freeman. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze War Comes to Willy Freeman as a bildungsroman of Willy Freeman. Give specific examples. What does Willy learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Why do you think many novels/stories written for teens are "coming of age" stories? Do you think it is good for teens to read this genre? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Willy Freeman is only thirteen when she witnesses her father brutally killed. She travels to New York in search of her mother. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem possible that Willy could have done everything she does at her age? Explain using examples.

2. Do you think the children of Willy's age were more mature and independent then as compared to the children of the present? Why or why not? Use examples of Willy's actions from the text and compare how you think the typical thirteen year old would respond to the same situation today.

3. Does it seem possible that Horace could have done everything he does at his age? Explain using 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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