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. For whom does Horace work?

2. What does the woman want in exchange for more information about Willy's mother?

3. Where had Lucy been during the Revolutionary War?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think War Comes to Willy Freeman ends on a happy note? Why or why not.

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of War Comes to Willy Freeman and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why War Comes to Willy Freeman is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Slavery is a legal and established institution during the time of the setting for War Comes to Willy Freeman. Discuss the following:

1. Research and briefly outline the history of slavery in the United States. When did it become established there? Why? How long is slavery legal in the United States? How does slavery end?

2. Research and briefly outline the history of slavery in England. When did it become established there? Why? How long is slavery legal in the England? How does slavery end?

3. Discuss whether you think slaves would be more prone to support the Americans or the British and why.

4. Discuss the ethical/moral aspects of slavery.

Essay Topic 3

War Comes to Willy Freeman could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Willy Freeman. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze War Comes to Willy Freeman as a bildungsroman of Willy Freeman. Give specific examples. What does Willy learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Why do you think many novels/stories written for teens are "coming of age" stories? Do you think it is good for teens to read this genre? Why or why not?

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