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 is Wilbur particularly glad Charlotte does before eating a victim?

2. What does the author say Templeton would do if he could get away with it?

3. Which of the following is not someone bothered by flies?

4. What season is it on the farm at the beginning of Chapter 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How would you describe Templeton in Chapter 4 of the story?

4. How do people react to Charlotte's first web?

5. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?

6. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?

7. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?

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

9. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate Templeton's character and the role he plays in the story. Most of the characters think of him as a glutton who only helps others to help himself, but are there any examples of him acting selflessly? Does he always expect some sort of reward for the work he does, even if the reward is just amusement? How does Templeton feel about Charlotte and Wilbur and they about him? Does he have any friends or act out of real friendship toward any of the other characters? If he is just a selfish rat, what does it say about the world that someone so self-centered could do so many things to save and change another animal's life?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the role cycles play in Charlotte's Web. Think about different kinds of cycles contained in the story, such as the span of time covered by the majority of the narrative (the cycle of a year) or the cycle that the life of each character follows.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the idea that people will believe anything they read in print. Does this story support that theory, and if so, how? Consider the messages contained in Charlotte's web, what inspired the writing of each one, and the reactions of various characters to each one.

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