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 Captain Ivers order Willy to do?

2. What happens to Jordan after Colonel Ledyard surrenders?

3. What is Willy's most vivid memory of "that day"?

4. What does Willy do immediately after her visitor leaves?

5. Where is the likely place for a battle between the British and Americans?

Short Essay Questions

1. What tips does Horace give Willy about lying when Willy lies about why she has no money?

2. How does Willy get into an uncomfortable situation with Horace because he thinks she is a boy?

3. What angers Willy the following day?

4. How does Mr. Goodrich question Willy concerning her freedom papers, and what does he urge her to do?

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

6. What is happening about peace talks starting in April of 1782?

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

8. Why does Mr. Fraunces send Willy to the dock in April?

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

10. What happens when a British soldier finds Willy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Many authors if queried would admit that they have an agenda for writing a particular novel. Discuss the following:

1. Define and give examples of the concept of "author agenda."

2. Do you think Collier has an agenda in mind when he writes War Comes to Willy Freeman?

3. What do you think would be Collier's agenda(s) (if he has one)? Give examples to illustrate how the agenda is fulfilled.

4. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

5. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in War Comes to Willy Freemank. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Collier chooses the symbols he does? Do you think Collier consciously decides upon the symbols to represent various elements of War Comes to Willy Freemank? Why or why not.

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in War Comes to Willy Freeman. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Collier chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Collier's use (or lack ) of literary devices, such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc. How do they add or detract from the story? Does Collier use too many or too few literary techniques? State to which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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