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 do the two black men urge Lucy and Willy to do?

2. What does Willy encounter as she is sailing toward New York?

3. Why do Willy and her mother run toward the cow?

4. How does Willy distract her captives?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Willy trying to decide in the search for her mother?

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

3. What does Willy continue to do in Chapter 11?

4. How does Horace suggest Willy get into New York City?

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

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

7. Describe Willy's entry into the fort.

8. Describe Canvas Town.

9. What does Willy do after leaving the fort?

10. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of justice. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with justice? Why? What are some symbols of justice? Symbols of injustice? What characters seem to care about justice for themselves and others? Who seems to disregard the concept of justice?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of war. How does war impact three of the characters? Are any characters untouched by the war? Who? Why? Is the war just in the eyes of the Americans? The eyes of the British? How does war brutalize some people? Why? Is it possible to be honorable as a soldier at war? Were any soldiers portrayed as being honorable?

3. What do you think is the purpose of identifying and analyzing various themes of a work of fiction? Do you think reading fiction and understanding themes can make the reader change his/her thoughts or actions? Why or why not?

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

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?

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