War Comes to Willy Freeman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James Collier
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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 do?

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

3. Why is Jordan happy about his horse?

4. Who are the two men that Willy and her mother encounter?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

8. What do Willy and her aunt Betsy discuss concerning New York?

9. How does Willy escape the American raiding party?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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).

Essay Topic 3

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.

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