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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 does Mrs. Zuckerman prepare Wilbur for the Fair?
2. How is Charlotte feeling at the end of Chapter 17?
3. Which of the following is not an errand or favor that Templeton points out that he has done for Wilbur and Charlotte?
4. At the end of the book, what does Fern claim is the most fun there is?
5. Why do the judges award Wilbur a special prize?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?
2. 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?
3. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
4. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
5. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
6. How has what is most important to Fern changed and how can you tell?
7. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?
8. 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?
9. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
10. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the most appealing aspects of this story is the humor it contains. Choose one of the following options to write about:
1.) Explain what various types of humor are contained in this story (such as wit, descriptions of slapstick situations, or irony) and provide examples of each, discussing why the author might have used each of these types in the telling of this tale.
2.) Focus on one specific type of humor contained in this story and discuss many examples of it, discussing how it adds to the meaning of the story and the reader's experience of reading it.
Essay Topic 2
Because the narrative covers an extended period of time, the reader gets to witness several characters growing up and maturing. Focusing mainly on Fern and Wilbur, but also mentioning minor characters such as Avery and the goslings, write an essay about ways animals and humans change in this book as they grow up and mature.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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