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 would you describe Mr. Zuckerman's initial reaction to Charlotte's web?

2. Where does Templeton live?

3. Who ties a string to Wilbur's tail and why?

4. What does the goose know about Wilbur's future that Wilbur does not yet?

5. What does Avery think of Fern's new pet pig?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Charlotte's time and attention beginning to split as the trip to the County Fair approaches?

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

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

4. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?

5. What are some fun things described in Chapter 6 that children can do in nature during the spring and summer?

6. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?

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

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

9. What might Mr. Arable mean when he says that maybe their ears aren't as sharp as Fern's?

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

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

Write an essay examining mother-child relationships in this book, focusing on such relationships as Fern/Wilbur, Charlotte/Wilbur, Fern/Mrs. Arable, Charlotte/Charlotte's children, and the goose/the goslings. How are these relationships alike and different? How do some change over time? What does it mean to be a mother or a child in this book? Are motherhood and childhood different for humans than for animals?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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