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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 Charlotte describe the cousin in her second story?
2. What does Charlotte predict for Wilbur after he has been awarded the special prize?
3. How does Wilbur carry Charlotte's egg sac?
4. Why did Charlotte want to make the Zuckermans think that Wilbur is an unusual pig?
5. What does Fern's mother accuse her of doing at the beginning of Chapter 14?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Fern's attitude toward the animals beginning to change during the time she spends at the Fair?
2. How is Charlotte's time and attention beginning to split as the trip to the County Fair approaches?
3. Why does Wilbur struggle when the men try to put him in the crate?
4. How does Dr. Dorian feel about the possibility that animals can talk?
5. Why might Charlotte's children mean so much to Wilbur?
6. Why does Charlotte think that the word Templeton brings back for her last web is particularly appropriate for Wilbur?
7. Which animals go to the Fair and why?
8. How has what is most important to Fern changed and how can you tell?
9. 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?
10. What kind of lullaby does Charlotte sing to Wilbur?
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
One of the main themes of the book is an acceptance of the practical side of nature: some animals must die so others may live. Write an essay evaluating this idea, mentioning moments in the book when the characters must face or cause death.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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