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 everyone watch Templeton when he first approaches the goose?

2. Why does Mrs. Arable say Mr. Arable is probably right to kill the pig?

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

4. What does the oldest sheep say is the quickest way to ruin a friendship?

5. What does Mr. Arable say Fern will see once he agrees to let her raise the baby pig?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of lullaby does Charlotte sing to Wilbur?

2. What is the explosion mentioned in Chapter 10's title, and why is it important?

3. Which animals go to the Fair and why?

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

5. After whose hour of triumph might this chapter be named, and why?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the relationship between the webs Charlotte weaves and the effect the words have on Wilbur? Consider issues such as why Charlotte chooses each word or phrase, how fitting she feels each is, how fitting Wilbur feels each is, and how Wilbur behaves after each web is woven and presented to an audience.

Essay Topic 2

Adults and children seem to see the world in different ways in this book, although some grownups (like Mr. Arable and Dr. Dorian) seem to at least appreciate the different way that children perceive animals and nature. Write an essay comparing and contrasting human adult and child characters from this story in terms of how they interact with and care for animals and nature.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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