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. How does the author describe the voice Wilbur hears at the end of Chapter 4?

2. What does the oldest sheep say is the quickest way to ruin a friendship?

3. What does "salutations" mean?

4. Under what conditions does Mr. Zuckerman allow Fern to visit Wilbur?

5. Which human first notices something is wrong with Wilbur?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the explosion mentioned in Chapter 10's title, and why is it important?

4. What is Wilbur's boast and how does Fern feel when she hears him make it?

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

6. How would you describe Charlotte's personality and interactions with other barnyard animals in Chapter 6?

7. How grown-up is Wilbur by the end of Chapter 3?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Identify and discuss examples from the novel that support the idea that one can live a happy life by accepting and loving all parts of nature, good and bad, from (as Wilbur puts it when thinking at the close of the novel that the barn is the best place to be) "the smell of manure" to "the glory of everything."

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the role cycles play in Charlotte's Web. Think about different kinds of cycles contained in the story, such as the span of time covered by the majority of the narrative (the cycle of a year) or the cycle that the life of each character follows.

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