War Comes to Willy Freeman Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Willy try to do at first when speaking to Mr. Fraunces?

2. What does Willy decide to pretend?

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

4. Why can't Willy get a doctor to look at her mother?

5. How does Willy get some medicine for Lucy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mr. Fraunces pay both Willy and Horace, and why does Willy have trouble saving her pay?

2. How does Horace suggest Willy get into New York City?

3. How does Willy get a letter written to her aunt Betsy?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happens that makes Horace uncomfortable when he takes Willy to the kitchen of the Queen's Head for a meal?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss War Comes to Willy Freeman based upon your criteria of a successful novel. Is War Comes to Willy Freeman a successful novel?

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if the novel is written for young teens rather than adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider War Comes to Willy Freeman a successful novel? What about young teens?

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