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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 Mr. Goodrich tell Willy when he comes to the tavern?
2. How does Horace end up going with Willy to Canvas Town?
3. Where is the woman that Willy talked to when she and Horace return to Canvas Town?
4. Whom does Willy go to see for help?
5. What does Mr. Goodrich urge Willy to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Willy feel about what Mr. Goodrich tells her?
2. Why does Mr. Fraunces pay both Willy and Horace, and why does Willy have trouble saving her pay?
3. How does Mr. Goodrich question Willy concerning her freedom papers, and what does he urge her to do?
4. What does Willy's Uncle Jack say when Willy finds him in the barn?
5. How does Horace suggest Willy get into New York City?
6. How does Mr. Fraunces respond to what Willy tells him?
7. What is Willy trying to decide in the search for her mother?
8. How does Willy get into an uncomfortable situation with Horace because he thinks she is a boy?
9. What does Willy have to decide about seeing her mother, and why might it be dangerous?
10. What happens that makes Horace uncomfortable when he takes Willy to the kitchen of the Queen's Head for a meal?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Willy Freeman from the beginning of the book to who she is at the end of the book. How are they similar? How are they different? Which character do you like more? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Mr. Goodrich and Mr. Fraunces. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in War Comes to Willy Freeman help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
Essay Topic 3
Willy chooses to pretend to be a boy for some time for her own safety. At least twice in the book, she is sexually assaulted by a solider. Discuss the following:
1. Discuss the instances Willy is sexually harassed and why. Do you think she does anything to provoke such actions by the soldiers? How does Willy respond to the harassment? How would you respond in the present day and age? Did Willy have such options in her day?
2. One of the many unfortunate offshoots of war is the sexual abuse and rape of women. Why do you think this is true? Should soldiers be controlled better? Why do you think soldiers rape women who are on the "other side" when they would not dream of raping women in their own country?
3. Do you think sexual abuse for someone of Willy's age is less prevalent today? Why or why not? Do the laws adequately protect women today? Why or why not?
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