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 is Wilbur saddened by his new friend?

2. Why can't Charlotte see Wilbur as clearly as he can see her?

3. Who first notices that Wilbur is free of his fence?

4. Where is Avery at the beginning of Chapter 8?

5. What does Templeton do with the last egg?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Wilbur's boast and how does Fern feel when she hears him make it?

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

3. Why is Wilbur so unhappy as a young pig after living in the Zuckerman's barn for awhile?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay discussing what Charlotte's Web has to say on the subject of fame. Include discussion of issues such as how people (and pigs) might achieve fame, what some beneficial and hurtful byproducts and effects of fame might be, and how fame might change people (and pigs) either for the better or the worse.

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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