War Comes to Willy Freeman Test | Final Test - Hard

James Collier
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Horace insist upon after learning about Willy being a girl?

2. What does Willy say about her mother?

3. Why can't many of the prisoners walk?

4. What does Mr. Fraunces tell Willy to do?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Willy finally finds her mother only for her mother to die just after Willy sees her. What other examples of irony can you find in War Comes to Willy Freeman? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why or why not.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from War Comes to Willy Freeman. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in War Comes to Willy Freeman and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices include allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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