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 Fern change her sneakers?

2. What damage does Wilbur cause outside his fence?

3. How does Mr. Zuckerman describe Charlotte's web?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Wilbur's boast and how does Fern feel when she hears him make it?

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

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

4. How might you compare and contrast the goose and Charlotte's attitudes toward life and death?

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The development of the relationship between Wilbur and Charlotte is the heart of this story. Evaluate the course of this relationship from their first meeting through Charlotte's death and Wilbur's feelings about her after she is gone. Consider issues such as how their perceptions of each other change as they get to know each other better, what they learn from each other, what they do for each other and why, and how they depend on each other over time.

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