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 Wilbur conclude after his adventure outside the fence?

2. What does Templeton take from Wilbur?

3. What do Fern and Avery play on in Mr. Zuckerman's barn?

4. Why does Mrs. Arable think having Wilbur go live with the Zuckermans is a good idea?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the explosion mentioned in Chapter 10's title, and why is it important?

2. Why might the author include scientific information about spider's webs and legs in Chapter 9?

3. What is Wilbur's boast and how does Fern feel when she hears him make it?

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

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

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

7. What sorts of things are most important to Fern at the beginning of the book?

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

9. How observant is Lurvy when it comes to Wilbur, and how can you tell?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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