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. What does Avery ask for after he sees Fern's new pet?

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

3. What does the author say Templeton would do if he could get away with it?

4. How does the rain in Chapter 4 disrupt Wilbur's plans?

5. How does Mr. Zuckerman get Wilbur to return to the pigpen?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do people react to Charlotte's first web?

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

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

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

5. How might you compare and contrast the goose and Charlotte's attitudes toward life and death?

6. How does Charlotte explain that spider webs are a good thing?

7. Why does Wilbur have so much trouble sleeping at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Consider the concept of freedom and what it means to be free, addressing questions such as the following: Are there different kinds of freedom, such as freedom of movement, freedom from worry, and freedom of choice? Which animals in this book were free, and in what way and to what degree? How do different kinds of freedom affect an animal's happiness and quality of life in this book?

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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