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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. Which of the following is not an instruction given by Mr. and Mrs. Arable to Fern and Avery?
2. What does the author say Wilbur realizes is one of the most satisfying things in the world?
3. When will all the babies be born on the farm?
4. What does the gander do that irritates Charlotte when she calls a meeting?
5. In Chapter 13, why does Charlotte have Wilbur run around?
Short Essay Questions
1. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
2. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
3. What kind of lullaby does Charlotte sing to Wilbur?
4. Why is life in the barn so good for Wilbur?
5. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
6. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
7. How does Charlotte feel after finding out that Wilbur is to receive a special prize?
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. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
10. Why might Charlotte's children mean so much to Wilbur?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Is there a moral to this story, and if so, what is it? Can it be summed up in a sentence? Does a character state it outright, or must the reader piece it together from the experience of reading the book? Use specific examples from the text to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
One theme in Charlotte's Web is the idea that animals and humans depend on each other in various ways. Write an essay evaluating the different small and large ways the lives of the different characters are interconnected in a web of dependence. How are the animals and human dependent on one another? Are they always aware of this dependence? Do they teach each other any lessons?
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