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 do when she wakes the next morning?

2. Who are Betsy and Jack Arabus?

3. How does Jordan get into the fort?

4. What do the two men say to Willy and her mother?

5. What does Lucy tell two black men to take with them?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when a British soldier finds Willy?

3. Why does Willy wish her father were home. and what does her mother say to that wish?

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

5. What questions does Captain Ivers ask Willy? What worries Willy about his questions?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Willy say about black men in the British army, and how do the two soldiers respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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