Charlotte's Web Test | 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. Which of the following is not a piece of advice Charlotte gives Wilbur at the end of Chapter 9?

2. What does Wilbur witness Charlotte catch in her web in Chapter 5?

3. What does Wilbur want in Chapter 4?

4. Which of the following is not one of Wilbur's plans for the day on which Chapter 4 opens?

5. What does "salutations" mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason was Mr. Arable going to kill the runt?

2. Why does Wilbur like Charlotte better and better each day?

3. Why might the author include scientific information about spider's webs and legs in Chapter 9?

4. Why might Wilbur feel particularly betrayed that John Arable is in on the "conspiracy" to kill him?

5. How would you describe Wilbur's feelings about his early life with Fern in Chapter 2?

6. How observant is Lurvy when it comes to Wilbur, and how can you tell?

7. How would you describe the relationship between Fern and Wilbur in Chapter 2?

8. What kind of voice does Wilbur use to call for his new friend, and what does this voice tell the reader about Wilbur's development at this point?

9. What are some fun things described in Chapter 6 that children can do in nature during the spring and summer?

10. How might the goose's personality be described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

One of the most appealing aspects of this story is the humor it contains. Choose one of the following options to write about:

1.) Explain what various types of humor are contained in this story (such as wit, descriptions of slapstick situations, or irony) and provide examples of each, discussing why the author might have used each of these types in the telling of this tale.

2.) Focus on one specific type of humor contained in this story and discuss many examples of it, discussing how it adds to the meaning of the story and the reader's experience of reading it.

Essay Topic 3

One theme in Charlotte's Web is the idea that animals and humans depend on each other in various ways. Write an essay evaluating the different small and large ways the lives of the different characters are interconnected in a web of dependence. How are the animals and human dependent on one another? Are they always aware of this dependence? Do they teach each other any lessons?

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