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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. Who takes care of Wilbur's noontime feeding for Fern?
2. How does Fern describe Charlotte to her parents?
3. Who gives Wilbur some bad news in Chapter 7?
4. How does Mr. Arable respond to the idea of Fern believing that animals can talk?
5. What does "salutations" mean?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Charlotte explain that spider webs are a good thing?
2. How do the other animals feel about the fact that Templeton would have no problem with killing a baby gosling?
3. How would you describe Wilbur's feelings about his early life with Fern in Chapter 2?
4. For what reason was Mr. Arable going to kill the runt?
5. What are some fun things described in Chapter 6 that children can do in nature during the spring and summer?
6. 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?
7. Why might the author include scientific information about spider's webs and legs in Chapter 9?
8. What is the explosion mentioned in Chapter 10's title, and why is it important?
9. What kind of a father is Mr. Arable described as being?
10. What is Charlotte's impression of people?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
How do Garth Williams' illustrations deepen a reader's understandings of the characters, setting, and theme of the story? Examine the moments he chooses to illustrate and think about what they express that the text alone cannot. Address also how different the experience of reading the book would be without the illustrations.
Essay Topic 3
Who is the protagonist of the story: Wilbur, Charlotte, or both? Think about what it means to be the protagonist of a story and support your thesis with specific examples and details from the story.
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