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 Charlotte do when Templeton takes the last egg away?

2. What does Templeton do with the last egg?

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

4. When Fern is telling her parents about the barn animals, who does Fern say is "us"?

5. How does the author describe a spider's web at the beginning of Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Are the goose and the gander more sentimental or more practical? Why do you think as you do?

6. How does Fern get along with the animals in the barn?

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

8. What is the relationship like between Fern and the animals at the beginning of Chapter 8?

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

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

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

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.

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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