Charlotte's Web Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How often does Mrs. Arable say Fern goes to the barn?

2. How does Fern say Wilbur feels about Charlotte?

3. Why is Wilbur saddened by his new friend?

4. Which of the following is not something Fern does when she comes to visit Wilbur?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?

4. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?

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

6. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?

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

8. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?

9. What kind of a father is Mr. Arable described as being?

10. Why does Uncle Homer agree to buy Wilbur?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the idea that people will believe anything they read in print. Does this story support that theory, and if so, how? Consider the messages contained in Charlotte's web, what inspired the writing of each one, and the reactions of various characters to each one.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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