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 is Wilbur's first bed?

2. What is Charlotte's idea for saving Wilbur?

3. Which of the following is not a piece of advice Charlotte gives Wilbur at the end of Chapter 9?

4. What recent barnyard event does Fern tell her parents about at the beginning of Chapter 8?

5. What does Fern say at the beginning of the book that she sees no difference between?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Wilbur like Charlotte better and better each day?

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

5. How would you describe Charlotte's personality and interactions with other barnyard animals in Chapter 6?

6. Why does Uncle Homer agree to buy Wilbur?

7. Why do you think Fern goes rigid on her stool one time while visiting with the barn animals?

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

9. What is the relationship like between Fern and the animals at the beginning of Chapter 8?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How can Charlotte's webs be thought of as both a symbol of life and a symbol of death? Be sure to explain how the things they symbolize affect the meaning of the narrative and to use specific examples from the text to back up your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate Templeton's character and the role he plays in the story. Most of the characters think of him as a glutton who only helps others to help himself, but are there any examples of him acting selflessly? Does he always expect some sort of reward for the work he does, even if the reward is just amusement? How does Templeton feel about Charlotte and Wilbur and they about him? Does he have any friends or act out of real friendship toward any of the other characters? If he is just a selfish rat, what does it say about the world that someone so self-centered could do so many things to save and change another animal's life?

Essay Topic 3

The development of the relationship between Wilbur and Charlotte is the heart of this story. Evaluate the course of this relationship from their first meeting through Charlotte's death and Wilbur's feelings about her after she is gone. Consider issues such as how their perceptions of each other change as they get to know each other better, what they learn from each other, what they do for each other and why, and how they depend on each other over time.

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