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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. Why does Charlotte say that it doesn't matter if Wilbur isn't actually terrific?
2. What does Fern's mother accuse her of doing at the beginning of Chapter 14?
3. What does the old sheep tell Templeton after seeing what has happened to Templeton since Wilbur kept his promise to the rat?
4. Which of the following is not a way that Charlotte's egg sac is described?
5. What does Dr. Dorian predict will happen to Fern?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
3. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
4. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?
5. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?
6. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
7. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
8. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
9. How is Charlotte's time and attention beginning to split as the trip to the County Fair approaches?
10. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Identify and discuss examples from the novel that support the idea that one can live a happy life by accepting and loving all parts of nature, good and bad, from (as Wilbur puts it when thinking at the close of the novel that the barn is the best place to be) "the smell of manure" to "the glory of everything."
Essay Topic 3
What is the relationship between the webs Charlotte weaves and the effect the words have on Wilbur? Consider issues such as why Charlotte chooses each word or phrase, how fitting she feels each is, how fitting Wilbur feels each is, and how Wilbur behaves after each web is woven and presented to an audience.
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