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 the voice Wilbur hears at the end of Chapter 4 tell him?

2. According to the author, when is a time when it is hard to sleep?

3. Which of the following is not something Fern does when she comes to visit Wilbur?

4. Why does Mrs. Arable think having Wilbur go live with the Zuckermans is a good idea?

5. How does Wilbur feel at first about being outside his fence?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might the goose's personality be described?

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

3. How does Fern get along with the animals in the barn?

4. Why might the author include scientific information about spider's webs and legs in Chapter 9?

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

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

7. How do people react to Charlotte's first web?

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 is Charlotte's impression of people?

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

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

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

One of the main themes of the book is an acceptance of the practical side of nature: some animals must die so others may live. Write an essay evaluating this idea, mentioning moments in the book when the characters must face or cause death.

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