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 wish on this particular day?

2. Why does William mistake Willy for a boy?

3. What does Willy's mother tell her to do instead of watching who's passing by the house?

4. What does Willy do when she wakes the next morning?

5. What military fort is near Willy's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Willy have to decide about seeing her mother, and why might it be dangerous?

2. What does Willy learn from a woman to whom she speaks in Canvas Town?

3. How does Willy plan to get her letter delivered to her aunt Betsy?

4. What does Willy's Uncle Jack say when Willy finds him in the barn?

5. How does Mr. Fraunces respond to what Willy tells him?

6. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

7. Describe Canvas Town.

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

9. What angers Willy the following day?

10. Why does Willy want to go to Canvas Town and how does she trick Horace in going with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of War Comes to Willy Freeman, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in War Comes to Willy Freeman. The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot. Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think War Comes to Willy Freeman ends on a happy note? Why or why not.

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of War Comes to Willy Freeman and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why War Comes to Willy Freeman is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in War Comes to Willy Freeman.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of War Comes to Willy Freeman. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of War Comes to Willy Freeman. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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