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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. Which of the following is not an errand or favor that Templeton points out that he has done for Wilbur and Charlotte?
3. Why does Fern put on her prettiest dress before the fair?
4. What does Charlotte do while she is spinning her web?
5. Why do the judges award Wilbur a special prize?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Charlotte feel after finding out that Wilbur is to receive a special prize?
2. Which animals go to the Fair and why?
3. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
4. 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?
5. How is Charlotte's time and attention beginning to split as the trip to the County Fair approaches?
6. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?
7. How has what is most important to Fern changed and how can you tell?
8. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?
9. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends 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
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
One of the main themes of the book is an acceptance of the practical side of nature: some animals must die so others may live. Write an essay evaluating this idea, mentioning moments in the book when the characters must face or cause death.
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