War Comes to Willy Freeman Test | Final Test - Hard

James Collier
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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. When do the British finally leave New York?

2. How does Horace end up going with Willy to Canvas Town?

3. Why is Jack in trouble with Captain Ivers?

4. How does Willy want to get into New York?

5. Why does Willy hang a horse blanket in the loft?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Goodrich question Willy concerning her freedom papers, and what does he urge her to do?

2. Why does Willy decide to stay dressed in britches?

3. How does Willy end up telling Mr. Fraunces the entire truth about herself?

4. What does Mr. Goodrich want when he asks for Willy in the tavern one day?

5. What tips does Horace give Willy about lying when Willy lies about why she has no money?

6. What does Willy learn from the woman when Willy returns to Canvas Town with some money?

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

8. Why does Willy want to go to Canvas Town and how does she trick Horace in going with her?

9. Describe Canvas Town.

10. Why does Mr. Fraunces send Willy to the dock in April?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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