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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What gives Ethan a sense of mastery at the end of the chapter?
(a) Knowing he had deceived Zeena.
(b) Quelling Mattie's fears over the broken pickle dish.
(c) Giving Mattie orders.
(d) Building a fire and cleaning up the house.

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

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

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

5. The smoke and haze from Ethan's pipe might represent ___________________________.
(a) Confusion of reality.
(b) The threat of death.
(c) Zeena's ghost.
(d) Societal oppression.

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

7. When Ethan asks Andrew Hale for money, __________________________________________.
(a) Hale gets angry and asks Ethan to leave.
(b) Hale guesses that Ethan has lied to Zeena about money.
(c) Hale suggests that Ethan work for him.
(d) Hale claims money is too tight for him at the moment.

8. Zeena does not want to move from Starkfield because ________________________________________.
(a) She loves the town and its people.
(b) She feels superior to the townspeople, and this gives her comfort.
(c) She loves the farm life.
(d) She feels threatened by the townspeople and is afraid to leave the house.

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

10. What is happening at the church at midnight?
(a) A town meeting is taking place.
(b) The church services are taking place.
(c) Christmas Eve is being celebrated.
(d) The church social is taking place.

11. Zeena's cat ____________________________.
(a) Watches Ethan and hisses at him.
(b) Watches them through narrowed eyes.
(c) Falls asleep on top of Mattie's sewing.
(d) Claws at Mattie when she sits in Zeena's chair.

12. Since the previous night, Ethan feels a sense of _______________.
(a) Contentment.
(b) Fear.
(c) Dread.
(d) Euphoria.

13. Ethan claims sledding is dangerous on a night like this one because ___________________________________.
(a) It is so dark that they might not find their way home.
(b) It is so dark that they might hit the elm tree.
(c) It is bad luck to sled when there is no moon outside.
(d) It is so cold that he would not be able to steer the sled.

14. Why is Zeena still awake when Ethan and Mattie arrive at home?
(a) She claims she was jealous of Mattie and Ethan.
(b) She claims she was too cold to sleep.
(c) She claims she felt so mean she could not sleep.
(d) She claims she was worried about them in the storm.

15. Ethan immediately regrets telling Zeena he will get money from Mr. Hale because ________________________________________.
(a) Zeena will want to spend it on herself in town.
(b) Zeena will want to use the cash to pay Mattie.
(c) Zeena will demand cash as soon as she arrives home.
(d) Zeena will want to spend it on whatever the doctor recommends.

Short Answer Questions

1. Zeena believes Mattie enjoys living in Starkfield only because ______________________________.

2. Ethan claims he continues to mention Mattie's eventual marriage because __________________________________.

3. Zeena may have become sickly because ______________________________.

4. Ethan is unpleasantly surprised when his wife notices __________________________________.

5. Ethan and Mattie talk frankly for the first time about __________________.

(see the answer keys)

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