Mid-Book 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. How often does Mrs. Arable say Fern goes to the barn?
2. How does Fern say Wilbur feels about Charlotte?
3. Why is Wilbur saddened by his new friend?
4. Which of the following is not something Fern does when she comes to visit Wilbur?
5. Why does Fern worry about Wilbur when her father first moves him outside?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Fern get along with the animals in the barn?
2. Why does Wilbur like Charlotte better and better each day?
3. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
4. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?
5. What are some fun things described in Chapter 6 that children can do in nature during the spring and summer?
6. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
7. How might you compare and contrast the goose and Charlotte's attitudes toward life and death?
8. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?
9. What kind of a father is Mr. Arable described as being?
10. Why does Uncle Homer agree to buy Wilbur?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay examining mother-child relationships in this book, focusing on such relationships as Fern/Wilbur, Charlotte/Wilbur, Fern/Mrs. Arable, Charlotte/Charlotte's children, and the goose/the goslings. How are these relationships alike and different? How do some change over time? What does it mean to be a mother or a child in this book? Are motherhood and childhood different for humans than for animals?
Essay Topic 2
How do Garth Williams' illustrations deepen a reader's understandings of the characters, setting, and theme of the story? Examine the moments he chooses to illustrate and think about what they express that the text alone cannot. Address also how different the experience of reading the book would be without the illustrations.
Essay Topic 3
Evaluate how Wilbur's position in the barn changes over the course of the story, including discussions of incidents such as the goose convincing Wilbur to "escape," Wilbur's interactions with the other animals while seeking a friend, Wilbur's actions during various important barnyard events, and how Wilbur is spending his days at the close of the novel.
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