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. In what month is there word that the British have officially lost the war?

2. What does Horace say Willy needs to improve?

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

4. Where does Willy think Mr. Fraunces' loyalties might lie?

5. Where do the cooks send Willy for tarts or other sweets?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long has Willy's father been dead, and how is Willy feeling about her life?

2. What does Willy learn from a woman to whom she speaks in Canvas Town?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Willy get into an uncomfortable situation with Horace because he thinks she is a boy?

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

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. 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 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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