Coming of Age in Charlotte's Web


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What is a coming of age book?

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1. In Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, what is Fern's first priority when she is a young kid?

2. In Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, as Fern gets older she begins to care more about _____ than Wilbur.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Our handy worksheet/quiz combo tests your ability to recognize how the coming of age theme presents itself in Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. This quiz tests you on what 'coming of age' means in literature and how the characters in the book are affected by their own coming of age.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When you take this quiz, it will you ask you how to:

  • Define what a coming of age book is
  • Identify Fern's first priority as a young child
  • Explain what Fern begins to care about more as she grows older
  • Describe who the character of Wilbur is introduced as
  • Detail how Wilbur's priorities shift as he gets older

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of coming of age to explain how it applies to Charlotte's Web
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the character of Fern and the choices she makes in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how Wilbur's priorities shift as he ages

Additional Learning

If you'd like more information about this aspect of the book, check out our lesson called Coming of Age in Charlotte's Web. In addition to the topics presented on this quiz, this lesson helps you understand how to:

  • Identify the location where it's clear that Fern's priorities have changed
  • Explain where Wilbur goes and meets Charlotte as he grows up
  • Describe the important job that Charlotte entrusts to Wilbur