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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Dr. Dorian find just as miraculous as the writing in Charlotte's web?
2. What does Charlotte do in the night at the Fair that she almost never does?
3. Which of the following is not a way that Charlotte's egg sac is described?
4. How does Dr. Dorian imagine it must be like to sit in a barn and listen to animals?
5. What do most of Charlotte's children do after they hatch?
Essay Topic 1
What lessons does Charlotte's Web teach about what it means to be a true friend? Consider issues such as how true friendships form, what true friends do for each other, and whether a true friendship might change its shape in various ways over time as the friends themselves change.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Write an essay examining mother-child relationships in this book, focusing on such relationships as Fern/Wilbur, Charlotte/Wilbur, Fern/Mrs. Arable, Charlotte/Charlotte's children, and the goose/the goslings. How are these relationships alike and different? How do some change over time? What does it mean to be a mother or a child in this book? Are motherhood and childhood different for humans than for animals?
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