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 Fern think of Wilbur?

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

3. Which of the following is not something that disturbs Wilbur when he is trying to sleep?

4. Why does the goose say the last egg didn't hatch?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Arable feel about all the time Fern is spending in the barn?

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

3. What kind of voice does Wilbur use to call for his new friend, and what does this voice tell the reader about Wilbur's development at this point?

4. How does Wilbur act during his "escape"?

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

6. 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?

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

8. How might you compare and contrast the goose and Charlotte's attitudes toward life and death?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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