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. What rumor did Captain Ivers spread?

2. Where is the woman that Willy talked to when she and Horace return to Canvas Town?

3. Why does Willy reveal that she's a girl to Horace?

4. How do people make temporary housing in Canvas Town?

5. Why does Willy end up telling Mr. Fraunces the entire truth of her past?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene in the courthouse when Willy goes up before the judge.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Canvas Town.

8. What is Willy trying to decide in the search for her mother?

9. How does Willy feel about what Mr. Goodrich tells her?

10. What does Willy have to decide about seeing her mother, and why might it be dangerous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. Is War Comes to Willy Freeman action or character driven? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of power in War Comes to Willy Freeman. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with power and/or have the most power? Why? What are some symbols of power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of fear in War Comes to Willy Freeman. Who is afraid? Why? Who provokes fear in others? How? Why? Is Willy a fearful person? Why or why not? Do you think she does things in spite of being afraid or because of being afraid? Or, sometimes one or the other? Give examples.

3. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Who changes in War Comes to Willy Freeman? Who seems to stay stagnant? What are the reasons the characters change who do so? Why do some characters not change? Do you think Willy's changes at the end of the book will last? Why or why not? What would it take to make Captain Ivers change? Do you think there is hope for Captain Ivers? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in War Comes to Willy Freemank. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Collier chooses the symbols he does? Do you think Collier consciously decides upon the symbols to represent various elements of War Comes to Willy Freemank? Why or why not.

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in War Comes to Willy Freeman. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Collier chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Collier's use (or lack ) of literary devices, such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc. How do they add or detract from the story? Does Collier use too many or too few literary techniques? State to which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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