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Reading Comprehension 05 - Charlotte's Web

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Reading Comprehension 05 - Charlotte's Web

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Continuing on with our series of Reading Comprehension quizzes, this one will include a summary of a very well-known story, i.e., Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. It may have been a while since you read this story or, for some of you, this will be your first introduction to a great, fun story. Whether it is old or new to you, make sure you carefully read the following summary before taking the quiz as it greatly condenses the original story. Then see just how many questions you can find the correct answer to without taking another look back at the summary.

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By E.B. White (A Summary)

Charlotte’s Web is a classic children’s novel about a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. This animal fable was first published in 1952 and was listed by Publisher’s Weekly as the top-selling children’s paperback of all time in the year 2000. Charlotte’s Web explores themes of friendship, loyalty, nature, justice, language, and the cycles of life and death.

When eight-year-old Fern learns in the beginning of the novel that her father, John Arable, intends to kill a baby piglet because it is the runt of the litter, Fern begs him to spare the piglet’s life. Mr. Arable finally relents and gives Fern the responsibility of raising the piglet herself, hoping this will show Fern “how much trouble a pig can be.”

Fern nurses the piglet, which she names Wilbur, for several weeks, feeding him with a baby bottle and taking him for walks in her doll stroller. Once Wilbur is old enough, Mr. Arable informs Fern she must sell the piglet and suggests calling her uncle, Homer Zuckerman, who has a farm up the road. Fern sells Wilbur for six dollars to her uncle, who allows Fern to come and visit Wilbur any time she chooses.

At Zuckerman’s farm, Wilbur becomes lonely for friendship but none of the farm animals will play with him. Eventually, a soothing voice comes to Wilbur, telling him that she will be his friend. The next morning Wilbur meets Charlotte A. Cavatica, a large gray spider whose web stretches above the door to Wilbur’s pigpen. Wilbur is at first horrified by the bloodthirsty nature of the spider, but eventually the two become dear friends.

When Wilbur learns from the old sheep that Mr. Zuckerman intends to kill Wilbur to eat for Christmas dinner, he turns to Charlotte for help. Charlotte promises she will devise a plan to save Wilbur’s life, and after several days an idea comes to her. Charlotte begins spinning messages in her web which praise Wilbur, including “Some Pig!” and “TERRIFIC,” which have the desired effect of astonishing the Zuckermans and the townspeople.

Mr. Zuckerman becomes so preoccupied with the miracles of his famous pig he decides to enter Wilbur in a competition at the County Fair. With Charlotte’s assistance, Wilbur goes to the fair and wins Mr. Zuckerman top prize, ensuring that Wilbur will not go to slaughter.

Charlotte, however, has reached the end of her natural lifespan, and after laying her eggs and weaving an egg sac while at the fair, Charlotte becomes too weak to go on. With help from Templeton the rat, Wilbur salvages Charlotte’s eggs and transports them back to Zuckerman’s barn, where he awaits their hatching the following spring.

When Charlotte’s eggs eventually hatch, most of the baby spiders depart to build webs of their own elsewhere. Three of Charlotte’s daughters, however, stay behind at Zuckerman’s barn as friends to Wilbur.
Charlotte’s Web is _______.
an adventure
a fantasy
a fairytale
a fable
Charlotte’s Web is an animal fable. If you have learned about genres, you know that fables are stories where animals can speak. Answer (d) is correct
The pig’s name is _______.
The pig’s name is Wilbur so Answer (a) is the correct answer
Charlotte is a ________.
brown spider
house spider
barn spider
black spider
Charlotte is a barn spider. Answer (c) is correct
This is the 8 year old child that saves the life of Wilbur and then helps to raise him.
Fern is the 8 year old child who saves the life of Wilbur and then helps to raise him. Answer (b) is the correct answer
Fern sells Wilbur for _____.
Fern sells Wilbur for $6.00. Answer (d) is the correct answer
Who told Wilbur that Mr. Zuckerman was going to kill him?
The gray horse
The barnyard goat
The old sheep
The old sheep told Wilbur that Mr. Zuckerman was going to kill him for Christmas dinner. Answer (c) is the correct answer
Charlotte’s Web was first published in ____.
Charlotte’ Web was first published in 1952. Answer (a) is the correct answer
Which of the following words did Charlotte spin in her web?
Charlotte spun “Some Pig!” and “TERRIFIC” in her web. Answer (b) is the correct answer
At the county fair, Wilbur won _____.
his freedom from slaughter
a wreath of flowers
the admiration of Mr. Zuckerman
the top prize
At the county fair, Wilbur won the top prize. Answer (d) is the correct answer
How many of Charlotte’s daughters stayed behind to be with Wilbur?
Three of Charlotte’s daughters stayed behind to be with Wilbur. Answer (c) is correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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