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. Why does everyone watch Templeton when he first approaches the goose?

2. Under what conditions does Mr. Zuckerman allow Fern to visit Wilbur?

3. How does Templeton's rotten goose egg get broken?

4. Why does Templeton say he won't break the egg?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What might Mr. Arable mean when he says that maybe their ears aren't as sharp as Fern's?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Wilbur act during his "escape"?

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

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

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

10. Why does Mrs. Arable tell Fern in Chapter 8 that Fern can tell her more about the animals in Uncle Homer's barn that afternoon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Adults and children seem to see the world in different ways in this book, although some grownups (like Mr. Arable and Dr. Dorian) seem to at least appreciate the different way that children perceive animals and nature. Write an essay comparing and contrasting human adult and child characters from this story in terms of how they interact with and care for animals and nature.

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

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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