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

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

3. What does Willy wish on this particular day?

4. About what does Lucy debate as she is walking?

5. How does Lucy get the cow?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Willy slip away from the Ivers' household? Where does she go?

2. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

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

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

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

6. What are some of the choices Willy thinks about concerning what to do next?

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

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

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

10. Why is it lucky that Willy's uncle Jack is at home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

War Comes to Willy Freeman is set during the time of the American Revolutionary War in the Northeast of what will later become the United States. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write an informative essay about the highlights of the American Revolutionary War, particularly along the Eastern seaboard from Connecticut to New York City. What are the major battles that take place there? Was there a battle that took place near Stratford, Connecticut?

2. Compare/Contrast the differences between the British fighting techniques and the American fighting techniques during the American Revolutionary War. What are some of the contributing factors to the Americans winning the war?

3. Research and write an informative essay on the treatment of prisoners during the American Revolutionary War by both the Americans and the British. How did they differ? How were they alike? Would the treatment have violated the Geneva Convention if it had been in force at that time? Was the treatment moral? Humane?

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