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 do when Templeton takes the last egg away?

2. How many goslings hatch from the goose's eggs?

3. What happens once news of Charlotte's web spreads?

4. Whose speech does Fern repeat for her parents?

5. How does Fern think of Wilbur?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Charlotte's impression of people?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What lessons does Charlotte's Web teach about what it means to be a true friend? Consider issues such as how true friendships form, what true friends do for each other, and whether a true friendship might change its shape in various ways over time as the friends themselves change.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay discussing what Charlotte's Web has to say on the subject of fame. Include discussion of issues such as how people (and pigs) might achieve fame, what some beneficial and hurtful byproducts and effects of fame might be, and how fame might change people (and pigs) either for the better or the worse.

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