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 does Templeton say he won't break the egg?

2. According to the author, when is a time when it is hard to sleep?

3. Who is Dr. Dorian?

4. What does the author say Templeton would do if he could get away with it?

5. What happens if Wilbur gets tired when he and Fern take walks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Wilbur have so much trouble sleeping at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the role cycles play in Charlotte's Web. Think about different kinds of cycles contained in the story, such as the span of time covered by the majority of the narrative (the cycle of a year) or the cycle that the life of each character follows.

Essay Topic 2

One of the most appealing aspects of this story is the humor it contains. Choose one of the following options to write about:

1.) Explain what various types of humor are contained in this story (such as wit, descriptions of slapstick situations, or irony) and provide examples of each, discussing why the author might have used each of these types in the telling of this tale.

2.) Focus on one specific type of humor contained in this story and discuss many examples of it, discussing how it adds to the meaning of the story and the reader's experience of reading it.

Essay Topic 3

Who is the protagonist of the story: Wilbur, Charlotte, or both? Think about what it means to be the protagonist of a story and support your thesis with specific examples and details from the story.

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