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 does Avery try to catch in the barn?

2. What does Wilbur do when he hears why the people are fattening him up?

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

4. How does the rain in Chapter 4 disrupt Wilbur's plans?

5. What does the oldest sheep say is the quickest way to ruin a friendship?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How seriously does Fern take her new responsibility of taking care of the pig?

4. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

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

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

7. How might the goose's personality be described?

8. What effect does Charlotte's web have on the farm?

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

10. Why do you think Fern goes rigid on her stool one time while visiting with the barn animals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because the narrative covers an extended period of time, the reader gets to witness several characters growing up and maturing. Focusing mainly on Fern and Wilbur, but also mentioning minor characters such as Avery and the goslings, write an essay about ways animals and humans change in this book as they grow up and mature.

Essay Topic 2

One of the most appealing aspects of this story is the humor it contains. Choose one of the following options to write about:

1.) Explain what various types of humor are contained in this story (such as wit, descriptions of slapstick situations, or irony) and provide examples of each, discussing why the author might have used each of these types in the telling of this tale.

2.) Focus on one specific type of humor contained in this story and discuss many examples of it, discussing how it adds to the meaning of the story and the reader's experience of reading it.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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