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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 Wilbur carry Charlotte's egg sac?
2. What happens in Wilbur's bad dream?
3. How does Wilbur react to his new found fame?
4. What does Fern's mother accuse her of doing at the beginning of Chapter 14?
5. Which of the following is not an instruction given by Mr. and Mrs. Arable to Fern and Avery?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
2. What effect do Charlotte's webs start to have on Wilbur?
3. Why is Wilbur worrying during his first day at the Fair?
4. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
5. What lesson does the old sheep teach at the end of Chapter 12?
6. How does Mrs. Arable feel about Fern's stories about the animals and what they talk about?
7. After whose hour of triumph might this chapter be named, and why?
8. How is the experience of going to the Fair different for the children and for the adults?
9. How does Charlotte feel after finding out that Wilbur is to receive a special prize?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the idea that people will believe anything they read in print. Does this story support that theory, and if so, how? Consider the messages contained in Charlotte's web, what inspired the writing of each one, and the reactions of various characters to each one.
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