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. Where is Jordan at the moment?

2. What does Willy suddenly think might be possible?

3. How will Willy get where she is going?

4. What does the cow represent to Lucy Freeman?

5. What do the two black men urge Lucy and Willy to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the British treat the Americans after the Americans surrender?

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

5. What noise do Willy and Lucy hear, and what is the cause of the noise?

6. How does Willy escape the American raiding party?

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

8. What does Willy do after leaving the fort?

9. How does Willy describe her memory of the day before the battle at Fort Griswold?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in War Comes to Willy Freeman.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of War Comes to Willy Freeman. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of War Comes to Willy Freeman. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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 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?

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