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. Who tells Willy to gather up her possessions and come to Granny's home?

2. What does Captain Ivers ask Willy when he first sees her?

3. What is Willy's real name?

4. How will Willy get where she is going?

5. What word does Willy hear when she gets back to the horse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a daily chore Willy must perform, and why does her mother tell her to skip it that day?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the first encounter between Willy and the Ivers.

7. Why are Jack and his family no longer slaves?

8. How does Willy slip away from the Ivers' household? Where does she go?

9. Why does Willy wish her father were home. and what does her mother say to that wish?

10. How does Willy travel to her aunt and uncle's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

War Comes to Willy Freeman might be considered a tale of good versus evil. Discuss the following:

1. What does it mean for a story to be a tale of good versus evil?

2. Is any one person, group, or country all good or all evil?

3. Identify three characters you would label as good and explain, using examples, your reasoning.

4. Identify three characters you would label as evil and explain, using examples, your reasoning.

5. Do you think most people prefer good to triumph? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Willy finally finds her mother only for her mother to die just after Willy sees her. What other examples of irony can you find in War Comes to Willy Freeman? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why or why not.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from War Comes to Willy Freeman. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in War Comes to Willy Freeman and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices include allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of power in War Comes to Willy Freeman. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with power and/or have the most power? Why? What are some symbols of power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of fear in War Comes to Willy Freeman. Who is afraid? Why? Who provokes fear in others? How? Why? Is Willy a fearful person? Why or why not? Do you think she does things in spite of being afraid or because of being afraid? Or, sometimes one or the other? Give examples.

3. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Who changes in War Comes to Willy Freeman? Who seems to stay stagnant? What are the reasons the characters change who do so? Why do some characters not change? Do you think Willy's changes at the end of the book will last? Why or why not? What would it take to make Captain Ivers change? Do you think there is hope for Captain Ivers? Why or why not?

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