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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Zeena's family is offended by Mattie's father because _______________________________________.
(a) He moved away from the hills and never spoke to them again.
(b) He moved to Connecticut and became financially successful.
(c) He moved west during the Gold Rush.
(d) He moved to Connecticut and got an education.

2. Ethan puts his arm around Mattie ________________________.
(a) To steady her as they walk.
(b) To show her his intentions.
(c) To console her.
(d) To demonstrate his ownership of her to Denis Eady.

3. Mattie quickly moves from Zeena's chair as if ____________________________________.
(a) She can not stand the scrutiny of Ethan's gaze.
(b) She feels a sense of Zeena's presence there.
(c) She does not want to fill Zeena's place in Ethan's life.
(d) Feels guilty over her affair with Ethan.

4. Most of the story takes place during which season?
(a) Summer.
(b) Fall.
(c) Spring.
(d) Winter.

5. With Mattie, Ethan feels ____________________.
(a) Pressure to succeed.
(b) Bitter.
(c) Brave enough to stand up to his wife.
(d) Understood.

6. Why does Ethan hide outside the church when waiting for Mattie?
(a) He does not know where Mattie is.
(b) He is afraid to enter the church because he does not know anyone.
(c) He is waiting to see if she will accept Eady's marriage proposal.
(d) He is waiting to see if she is going to ride home with her friends.

7. Ethan is initially drawn to Zeena because __________________________________.
(a) He is old and she is young.
(b) She is beautiful and he is lonely.
(c) He is poor and she has a dowry.
(d) She is industrious and he is lonely.

8. Ethan returns home early because ___________________________________________.
(a) He cannot get the horses to town safely.
(b) He is afraid to face Mr. Hale and ask for money.
(c) He is afraid Jotham Powell will suspect his love for Mattie.
(d) He is afraid there will be trouble between Mattie and Zeena.

9. Lying in bed the previous night, Ethan regretted __________________________.
(a) Getting caught holding Mattie when Zeena opened the door.
(b) Not leaving Zeena long ago.
(c) Kissing Mattie.
(d) Not kissing Mattie.

10. How has Mattie changed her appearance for Ethan?
(a) She has worn her best dress.
(b) She has borrowed on of Zeena's dresses.
(c) She has worn a bonnet on her head.
(d) She has tied a red ribbon in her hair.

11. What brought Ethan back to the farm, ending his studies at Worcester?
(a) His father's bankruptcy.
(b) His mother's death.
(c) His mother's suggestion that he get married.
(d) His father's death.

12. Which of her partners offers Mattie a ride home?
(a) Andrew Hale.
(b) Lawyer Varnum.
(c) Denis Eady.
(d) Jothan Powell.

13. Ethan tries to disguise Mattie's unskilled efforts at housekeeping by ______________________________.
(a) Claiming that she should not be asked to work.
(b) Sneaking downstairs to clean up during the night.
(c) Doing most of her chores for her.
(d) Quietly asking her to do her chores over again.

14. Ethan resists following his wife upstairs because __________________________________________.
(a) He does not want Mattie to see him show kindness to Zeena.
(b) He does not want to give in to Zeena's demands.
(c) He does not want Mattie to watch them go up to bed together.
(d) He does not want Mattie to be left downstairs alone.

15. When Ethan and Mattie arrive at home, they cannot find _______________________.
(a) The key to the barn.
(b) The sled.
(c) The key to the house.
(d) The keys to the car.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Ethan returned to Starkfield, he missed ____________________________.

2. Ethan dreads Zeena's trips to the doctor because _____________________________.

3. Ethan claims he needs to collect money from Mr. Hale because ____________________________________.

4. What motif continues to suggest a promise of happiness or well-being for Ethan at the start of Chapter 4?

5. Mattie is afraid ______________________________________________.

(see the answer keys)

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