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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 is the oldest sheep's idea for how Charlotte can get ideas for more words to write in her web?
2. What does the cousin in Charlotte's first story do?
3. What does Charlotte do in the night at the Fair that she almost never does?
4. What does Charlotte ask Templeton to bring her back from the fair?
5. Why does Charlotte say that it doesn't matter if Wilbur isn't actually terrific?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
2. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
3. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?
4. Which animals go to the Fair and why?
5. Why is life in the barn so good for Wilbur?
6. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?
7. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
8. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
9. What kind of lullaby does Charlotte sing to Wilbur?
10. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Evaluate Templeton's character and the role he plays in the story. Most of the characters think of him as a glutton who only helps others to help himself, but are there any examples of him acting selflessly? Does he always expect some sort of reward for the work he does, even if the reward is just amusement? How does Templeton feel about Charlotte and Wilbur and they about him? Does he have any friends or act out of real friendship toward any of the other characters? If he is just a selfish rat, what does it say about the world that someone so self-centered could do so many things to save and change another animal's life?
Essay Topic 2
Adults and children seem to see the world in different ways in this book, although some grownups (like Mr. Arable and Dr. Dorian) seem to at least appreciate the different way that children perceive animals and nature. Write an essay comparing and contrasting human adult and child characters from this story in terms of how they interact with and care for animals and nature.
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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