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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. How does Mrs. Zuckerman prepare Wilbur for the Fair?
2. Why do the judges award Wilbur a special prize?
3. Where does Wilbur want Charlotte to come with him?
4. What happens when Lurvy tries to wake up Wilbur?
5. At the end of the book, what does Wilbur conclude is the best place to be?
Short Essay Questions
1. What kind of lullaby does Charlotte sing to Wilbur?
2. Why might Charlotte's children mean so much to Wilbur?
3. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
4. Why is life in the barn so good for Wilbur?
5. After whose hour of triumph might this chapter be named, and why?
6. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?
7. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
8. How is Charlotte's time and attention beginning to split as the trip to the County Fair approaches?
9. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
10. How can readers tell at the end of Chapter 21 that Wilbur is starting to grow up a little?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Evaluate how Wilbur's position in the barn changes over the course of the story, including discussions of incidents such as the goose convincing Wilbur to "escape," Wilbur's interactions with the other animals while seeking a friend, Wilbur's actions during various important barnyard events, and how Wilbur is spending his days at the close of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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