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 does Willy's mother say about Willy's dress?

2. What does Willy say she wants to do when questioned by Betsy?

3. What do the two black men say about the Americans?

4. What does the black man do after that?

5. What does Willy's mother say is safer for Jordan than fighting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Willy travel to her aunt and uncle's home?

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

5. What prompts Willy to ride for the fort?

6. How does Willy escape the American raiding party?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think War Comes to Willy Freeman is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes War Comes to Willy Freeman interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Willy. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Horace. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Captain Ivers. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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