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 Charlotte do when Templeton takes the last egg away?

2. How many goslings hatch from the goose's eggs?

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

4. What does Mr. Arable say when Fern pleads with him to not kill the pig?

5. What does Fern say at the beginning of the book that she sees no difference between?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Wilbur like Charlotte better and better each day?

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

Who is the protagonist of the story: Wilbur, Charlotte, or both? Think about what it means to be the protagonist of a story and support your thesis with specific examples and details from the story.

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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