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 Wilbur conclude after his adventure outside the fence?

2. What does Mrs. Arable do when Fern first claims that the animals talk?

3. What reason does Mr. Arable give for why Fern gets to keep a pig?

4. What happens once news of Charlotte's web spreads?

5. Who tells Wilbur he doesn't have to stay in his yard?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you describe Charlotte's personality and interactions with other barnyard animals in Chapter 6?

2. What is the relationship like between Fern and the animals at the beginning of Chapter 8?

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

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

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

6. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

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

8. What kind of a father is Mr. Arable described as being?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Is there a moral to this story, and if so, what is it? Can it be summed up in a sentence? Does a character state it outright, or must the reader piece it together from the experience of reading the book? Use specific examples from the text to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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