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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 the author declare about Charlotte at the end of the book?
2. How does the old sheep convince Templeton to go to the Fair?
3. What does Charlotte do in the night at the Fair that she almost never does?
4. How does Wilbur convince Templeton to retrieve Charlotte's egg sac for him?
5. What does Dr. Dorian find just as miraculous as the writing in Charlotte's web?
Short Essay Questions
1. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
2. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?
3. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
4. How does Charlotte feel after finding out that Wilbur is to receive a special prize?
5. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
6. Before he is to leave the Fair and return to the farm, why does Wilbur bring up the fact that he once thought Charlotte was cruel and bloodthirsty?
7. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?
8. Why might Charlotte's children mean so much to Wilbur?
9. Does Wilbur act more like a child or an adult when it is time for him to go to sleep during his first night at the Fair?
10. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay examining mother-child relationships in this book, focusing on such relationships as Fern/Wilbur, Charlotte/Wilbur, Fern/Mrs. Arable, Charlotte/Charlotte's children, and the goose/the goslings. How are these relationships alike and different? How do some change over time? What does it mean to be a mother or a child in this book? Are motherhood and childhood different for humans than for animals?
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
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.
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