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 recent barnyard event does Fern tell her parents about at the beginning of Chapter 8?

2. What does Wilbur witness Charlotte catch in her web in Chapter 5?

3. According to the owner of the voice Wilbur hears at the end of Chapter 4, when will Wilbur see him/her?

4. Which of the following is not one of the ways Fern takes care of Wilbur?

5. What is the first question Fern asks her mother in the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the other animals feel about the fact that Templeton would have no problem with killing a baby gosling?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How can Charlotte's webs be thought of as both a symbol of life and a symbol of death? Be sure to explain how the things they symbolize affect the meaning of the narrative and to use specific examples from the text to back up your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Identify and discuss examples from the novel that support the idea that one can live a happy life by accepting and loving all parts of nature, good and bad, from (as Wilbur puts it when thinking at the close of the novel that the barn is the best place to be) "the smell of manure" to "the glory of everything."

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