Charlotte's Web Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

Because the narrative covers an extended period of time, the reader gets to witness several characters growing up and maturing. Focusing mainly on Fern and Wilbur, but also mentioning minor characters such as Avery and the goslings, write an essay about ways animals and humans change in this book as they grow up and mature.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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