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 does Charlotte say is the dirtiest trick she ever heard of?

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

3. What is Charlotte doing at the end of Chapter 10?

4. Which of the following is not a reason Mr. Arable offers for why Fern must sell Wilbur?

5. Where does Templeton live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

How do Garth Williams' illustrations deepen a reader's understandings of the characters, setting, and theme of the story? Examine the moments he chooses to illustrate and think about what they express that the text alone cannot. Address also how different the experience of reading the book would be without the illustrations.

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