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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. Which of the following is not a name Wilbur gives to one of Charlotte's children?
2. Why does Fern put on her prettiest dress before the fair?
3. What does Mr. Arable do to make Wilbur feel faint?
4. What does Templeton do to help Wilbur during the awarding of Wilbur's prize?
5. What does Fern want when everyone is preparing to take Wilbur to the judges' stand to receive a special award?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?
3. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?
4. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
5. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
6. 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?
7. What kind of lullaby does Charlotte sing to Wilbur?
8. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
9. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?
10. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
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
Because the narrative covers an extended period of time, the reader gets to witness several characters growing up and maturing. Focusing mainly on Fern and Wilbur, but also mentioning minor characters such as Avery and the goslings, write an essay about ways animals and humans change in this book as they grow up and mature.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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