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 Charlotte doing at the end of Chapter 10?

2. What does Wilbur do to try to find his mysterious new friend?

3. Why does Mrs. Arable think having Wilbur go live with the Zuckermans is a good idea?

4. Who gives Wilbur some bad news in Chapter 7?

5. Why does Fern worry about Wilbur when her father first moves him outside?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Fern get along with the animals in the barn?

7. How does Mrs. Arable feel about all the time Fern is spending in the barn?

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

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

10. Why does Uncle Homer agree to buy Wilbur?

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

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

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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