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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the end of the book, what does Fern claim is the most fun there is?
2. In Chapter 13, why does Charlotte have Wilbur run around?
3. With whom does Fern ride the Ferris wheel?
4. Why does Fern put on her prettiest dress before the fair?
5. Which of the following is not an instruction given by Mr. and Mrs. Arable to Fern and Avery?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay examining mother-child relationships in this book, focusing on such relationships as Fern/Wilbur, Charlotte/Wilbur, Fern/Mrs. Arable, Charlotte/Charlotte's children, and the goose/the goslings. How are these relationships alike and different? How do some change over time? What does it mean to be a mother or a child in this book? Are motherhood and childhood different for humans than for animals?
Essay Topic 2
One theme in Charlotte's Web is the idea that animals and humans depend on each other in various ways. Write an essay evaluating the different small and large ways the lives of the different characters are interconnected in a web of dependence. How are the animals and human dependent on one another? Are they always aware of this dependence? Do they teach each other any lessons?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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