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. Why does William mistake Willy for a boy?

2. What does Willy promise to Betsy that she will do?

3. What does Willy take that she feels badly about?

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

5. How does Willy get into the fort?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Willy do after leaving the fort?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Lucy ask of her husband? How does he respond?

10. Where is Fort Griswold, and what is significant about the Fort?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Willy chooses to pretend to be a boy for some time for her own safety. At least twice in the book, she is sexually assaulted by a solider. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the instances Willy is sexually harassed and why. Do you think she does anything to provoke such actions by the soldiers? How does Willy respond to the harassment? How would you respond in the present day and age? Did Willy have such options in her day?

2. One of the many unfortunate offshoots of war is the sexual abuse and rape of women. Why do you think this is true? Should soldiers be controlled better? Why do you think soldiers rape women who are on the "other side" when they would not dream of raping women in their own country?

3. Do you think sexual abuse for someone of Willy's age is less prevalent today? Why or why not? Do the laws adequately protect women today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the relationship of the United States to England of today with that of the two countries (or almost to be country) then. Do you think forgiveness took time?

2. Many countries who have fought bitterly in the past have excellent relations today. Discuss two such countries and analyze how you think those two countries were able to do so.

3. There are some countries that have never been able to reconcile their differences no matter how much time passes. Discuss two such countries and why you think they are unable to do so.

4. Discuss someone with whom you have had a very difficult time in the past and are now on friendly terms with. What changed? How were you able to reconcile your differences? Are you glad you did?

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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