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 Fern change her sneakers?

2. Why is a manure pile a good place to keep a young pig?

3. Which of the following is not someone bothered by flies?

4. Why does everyone watch Templeton when he first approaches the goose?

5. What does the voice Wilbur hears at the end of Chapter 4 tell him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

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

5. How do the other animals feel about the fact that Templeton would have no problem with killing a baby gosling?

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

7. For what reason was Mr. Arable going to kill the runt?

8. What sorts of things are most important to Fern at the beginning of the book?

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

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the concept of freedom and what it means to be free, addressing questions such as the following: Are there different kinds of freedom, such as freedom of movement, freedom from worry, and freedom of choice? Which animals in this book were free, and in what way and to what degree? How do different kinds of freedom affect an animal's happiness and quality of life in this book?

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