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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 Fern want when everyone is preparing to take Wilbur to the judges' stand to receive a special award?
2. What does Charlotte know when she hears the song of the crickets at the beginning of Chapter 15?
3. Who wins first prize at the Fair?
4. What does Charlotte predict for Wilbur after he has been awarded the special prize?
5. In what does Fern's mother get interested in spite of herself?
Short Essay Questions
1. Which animals go to the Fair and why?
2. Why is life in the barn so good for Wilbur?
3. How does Charlotte feel after finding out that Wilbur is to receive a special prize?
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. Does Wilbur act more like a child or an adult when it is time for him to go to sleep during his first night at the Fair?
6. How can readers tell at the end of Chapter 21 that Wilbur is starting to grow up a little?
7. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
8. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?
9. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
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
The development of the relationship between Wilbur and Charlotte is the heart of this story. Evaluate the course of this relationship from their first meeting through Charlotte's death and Wilbur's feelings about her after she is gone. Consider issues such as how their perceptions of each other change as they get to know each other better, what they learn from each other, what they do for each other and why, and how they depend on each other over time.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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."
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