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 the goose know about Wilbur's future that Wilbur does not yet?

2. How does Mrs. Arable respond to the idea of Fern believing that animals can talk?

3. How does Fern say Wilbur feels about Charlotte?

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

5. Why can't the goose play with Wilbur?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?

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

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

4. How do the other animals feel about the fact that Templeton would have no problem with killing a baby gosling?

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

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. How does Charlotte feel after finding out that Wilbur is to receive a special prize?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What lessons does Charlotte's Web teach about what it means to be a true friend? Consider issues such as how true friendships form, what true friends do for each other, and whether a true friendship might change its shape in various ways over time as the friends themselves change.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How can Charlotte's webs be thought of as both a symbol of life and a symbol of death? Be sure to explain how the things they symbolize affect the meaning of the narrative and to use specific examples from the text to back up your argument.

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