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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 write in her last web?
2. What happens in Wilbur's bad dream?
3. Which of the following is not a name Wilbur gives to one of Charlotte's children?
4. Which of the following is not an instruction given by Mr. and Mrs. Arable to Fern and Avery?
5. According to Mr. Arable, the Fair is a good place to start doing what?
Short Essay Questions
1. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
2. How can readers tell at the end of Chapter 21 that Wilbur is starting to grow up a little?
3. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
4. Why might Charlotte's children mean so much to Wilbur?
5. How has what is most important to Fern changed and how can you tell?
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. After whose hour of triumph might this chapter be named, and why?
8. Which animals go to the Fair and why?
9. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
10. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?
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
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.
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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