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 Fern describe Charlotte to her parents?

2. What does Charlotte say is the dirtiest trick she ever heard of?

3. What does the goose know about Wilbur's future that Wilbur does not yet?

4. Why does Fern change her sneakers?

5. Which of the following is not something that disturbs Wilbur when he is trying to sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?

2. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?

3. After whose hour of triumph might this chapter be named, and why?

4. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

5. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?

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

7. Before he is to leave the Fair and return to the farm, why does Wilbur bring up the fact that he once thought Charlotte was cruel and bloodthirsty?

8. How do the other animals feel about the fact that Templeton would have no problem with killing a baby gosling?

9. How seriously does Fern take her new responsibility of taking care of the pig?

10. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The development of the relationship between Wilbur and Charlotte is the heart of this story. Evaluate the course of this relationship from their first meeting through Charlotte's death and Wilbur's feelings about her after she is gone. Consider issues such as how their perceptions of each other change as they get to know each other better, what they learn from each other, what they do for each other and why, and how they depend on each other over time.

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

One of the main themes of the book is an acceptance of the practical side of nature: some animals must die so others may live. Write an essay evaluating this idea, mentioning moments in the book when the characters must face or cause death.

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