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 learn about her mother?

2. What does Jordan say to one of the black soldiers?

3. Why does Jordan want Willy to go with him to the woods near the fort?

4. What does Willy help a young boy do?

5. How does Jordan 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. What noise do Willy and Lucy hear, and what is the cause of the noise?

3. How does Willy describe her memory of the day before the battle at Fort Griswold?

4. Who is the boy whom Willy helps? What do they do?

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

6. What does Willy do after leaving the fort?

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

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

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

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

Slavery is a legal and established institution during the time of the setting for War Comes to Willy Freeman. Discuss the following:

1. Research and briefly outline the history of slavery in the United States. When did it become established there? Why? How long is slavery legal in the United States? How does slavery end?

2. Research and briefly outline the history of slavery in England. When did it become established there? Why? How long is slavery legal in the England? How does slavery end?

3. Discuss whether you think slaves would be more prone to support the Americans or the British and why.

4. Discuss the ethical/moral aspects of slavery.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. Is War Comes to Willy Freeman action or character driven? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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