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

2. What is Fern glad to see Wilbur knows how to do once he is moved outside?

3. Why can't Charlotte see Wilbur as clearly as he can see her?

4. Which human first notices something is wrong with Wilbur?

5. How does Wilbur escape from the yard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

2. How observant is Lurvy when it comes to Wilbur, and how can you tell?

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

4. What sorts of things are most important to Fern at the beginning of the book?

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

6. Why might Wilbur feel particularly betrayed that John Arable is in on the "conspiracy" to kill him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme in Charlotte's Web is the idea that animals and humans depend on each other in various ways. Write an essay evaluating the different small and large ways the lives of the different characters are interconnected in a web of dependence. How are the animals and human dependent on one another? Are they always aware of this dependence? Do they teach each other any lessons?

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

Write an essay discussing what Charlotte's Web has to say on the subject of fame. Include discussion of issues such as how people (and pigs) might achieve fame, what some beneficial and hurtful byproducts and effects of fame might be, and how fame might change people (and pigs) either for the better or the worse.

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