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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. Who wins first prize at the Fair?
2. In what does Fern's mother get interested in spite of herself?
3. What does Charlotte do in the night at the Fair that she almost never does?
4. What does Mr. Arable do to make Wilbur feel faint?
5. Where does Wilbur want Charlotte to come with him?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
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 does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
4. Which animals go to the Fair and why?
5. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
6. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?
7. What kind of lullaby does Charlotte sing to Wilbur?
8. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?
9. After whose hour of triumph might this chapter be named, and why?
10. How has what is most important to Fern changed and how can you tell?
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
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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