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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. Why does Charlotte say Uncle will be hard for Wilbur to beat?
2. Which of the following is not a way that Charlotte's egg sac is described?
3. With whom does Fern ride the Ferris wheel?
4. Why must Charlotte stay behind in her web, rather than accompanying Wilbur in Chapter 15?
5. How is Charlotte feeling at the end of Chapter 17?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
2. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?
3. How can readers tell at the end of Chapter 21 that Wilbur is starting to grow up a little?
4. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?
5. How are things on the farm changing as summer turns to fall?
6. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?
7. How does Charlotte feel after finding out that Wilbur is to receive a special prize?
8. How is Charlotte's time and attention beginning to split as the trip to the County Fair approaches?
9. After whose hour of triumph might this chapter be named, and why?
10. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
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
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 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.
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