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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. For whom does Charlotte say she is making her masterpiece?
2. According to Mr. Arable, the Fair is a good place to start doing what?
3. How does Mrs. Zuckerman prepare Wilbur for the Fair?
4. Why do the judges award Wilbur a special prize?
5. Which of the following is not a name Wilbur gives to one of Charlotte's children?
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. What can readers tell about Charlotte's position in the barn from the meeting the animals have?
3. How has what is most important to Fern changed and how can you tell?
4. How is Charlotte's time and attention beginning to split as the trip to the County Fair approaches?
5. Which animals go to the Fair and why?
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. Why is life in the barn so good for Wilbur?
8. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?
9. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
10. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the role cycles play in Charlotte's Web. Think about different kinds of cycles contained in the story, such as the span of time covered by the majority of the narrative (the cycle of a year) or the cycle that the life of each character follows.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
How do Garth Williams' illustrations deepen a reader's understandings of the characters, setting, and theme of the story? Examine the moments he chooses to illustrate and think about what they express that the text alone cannot. Address also how different the experience of reading the book would be without the illustrations.
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