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. Who is Dr. Dorian?

2. What does Templeton take from Wilbur?

3. What is Charlotte's middle initial?

4. Before Charlotte speaks up, who is going to help Wilbur calm down after receiving the bad news?

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

3. How does Mr. Arable help Wilbur become a little more independent?

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

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

6. How does the web of relationships between Wilbur, Charlotte, and Fern shift at the end of Chapter 7?

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

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

9. What is most remarkable about Wilbur's daily routine?

10. How does Mrs. Arable feel about all the time Fern is spending in the barn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay discussing what Charlotte's Web has to say on the subject of fame. Include discussion of issues such as how people (and pigs) might achieve fame, what some beneficial and hurtful byproducts and effects of fame might be, and how fame might change people (and pigs) either for the better or the worse.

Essay Topic 2

One theme in Charlotte's Web is the idea that animals and humans depend on each other in various ways. Write an essay evaluating the different small and large ways the lives of the different characters are interconnected in a web of dependence. How are the animals and human dependent on one another? Are they always aware of this dependence? Do they teach each other any lessons?

Essay Topic 3

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."

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