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. Why are Willy's parents free?

2. How does Jordan get into the fort?

3. What does Willy do?

4. Who arrives while Willy is waiting for her mother?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Granny Hyde offer to help Willy?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Willy escape the American raiding party?

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

10. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the relationship of the United States to England of today with that of the two countries (or almost to be country) then. Do you think forgiveness took time?

2. Many countries who have fought bitterly in the past have excellent relations today. Discuss two such countries and analyze how you think those two countries were able to do so.

3. There are some countries that have never been able to reconcile their differences no matter how much time passes. Discuss two such countries and why you think they are unable to do so.

4. Discuss someone with whom you have had a very difficult time in the past and are now on friendly terms with. What changed? How were you able to reconcile your differences? Are you glad you did?

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

War Comes to Willy Freeman might be considered a tale of good versus evil. Discuss the following:

1. What does it mean for a story to be a tale of good versus evil?

2. Is any one person, group, or country all good or all evil?

3. Identify three characters you would label as good and explain, using examples, your reasoning.

4. Identify three characters you would label as evil and explain, using examples, your reasoning.

5. Do you think most people prefer good to triumph? Why?

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