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 Templeton do with the last egg?

2. What damage does Wilbur cause outside his fence?

3. What is Wilbur particularly glad Charlotte does before eating a victim?

4. Why does Fern miss Wilbur's noontime feeding?

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

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 would you describe Templeton in Chapter 4 of the story?

3. How would you describe Wilbur's feelings about his early life with Fern in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Uncle Homer agree to buy Wilbur?

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

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

Evaluate how Wilbur's position in the barn changes over the course of the story, including discussions of incidents such as the goose convincing Wilbur to "escape," Wilbur's interactions with the other animals while seeking a friend, Wilbur's actions during various important barnyard events, and how Wilbur is spending his days at the close of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Because the narrative covers an extended period of time, the reader gets to witness several characters growing up and maturing. Focusing mainly on Fern and Wilbur, but also mentioning minor characters such as Avery and the goslings, write an essay about ways animals and humans change in this book as they grow up and mature.

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