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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Ethan does his clearest thinking while _______________________________.
(a) Driving the lumber to town.
(b) Feeding the horses.
(c) Working familiar outdoor tasks.
(d) Talking to Zeena.

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

3. Zeena has packed her bag in order to _________________________________.
(a) Bring Mattie to the train station.
(b) Threaten to leave Ethan.
(c) Travel to the Flats to pick up a hired girl.
(d) Travel to Bettsbridge to see a new doctor.

4. 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.

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

6. When Zeena opens the door, Ethan is surprised by _______________________.
(a) Her cold nature.
(b) Her excitement over their return.
(c) Her gaunt appearance.
(d) Her refusal to let them enter.

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

8. Mattie's only skills include _______________________________________.
(a) Making dresses and singing.
(b) Making candy, playing piano minimally, and reciting poetry.
(c) Making medicine, nursing others, and household chores.
(d) Book-keeping and clerical work.

9. Ethan claims he needs to collect money from Mr. Hale because ____________________________________.
(a) He needs an excuse to get Jotham Powell out of the house.
(b) He needs an excuse to buy Mattie a gift.
(c) He needs an excuse to visit Mr. Hale.
(d) He needs an excuse to avoid driving Zeena to the Flats.

10. Ethan enjoys following Zeena's orders at first because ___________________________________________.
(a) They remind him of when his mother was alive and well.
(b) They free him to leave the house and go about his business.
(c) They free him of responsibility to his home and family.
(d) He cannot run the farm without her help.

11. Ethan asks Mattie _________________________________.
(a) If she would like to go coasting some night.
(b) If she loves him.
(c) If she wants to continue working for him.
(d) If she would like to leave Starkfield with him.

12. Where is Ethan Frome going at the start of Chapter 1?
(a) Ethan is going a neighboring town to seek a doctor for his wife.
(b) Ethan is walking back to the farm to find his wife's cousin.
(c) Ethan is walking to the church in town to pick up his wife's cousin.
(d) Ethan is walking to the church to escort Mattie and Michael Eady back to town.

13. What spark in Ethan had not been completely extinguished by the Starkfield winters?
(a) A spark of industry.
(b) A spark of sociability.
(c) A spark of curiosity.
(d) A spark of life.

14. Mattie worries that Zeena ______________________________.
(a) Is jealous of Mattie's money.
(b) Is jealous of Mattie's affair with Ethan.
(c) Is not satisfied with her work.
(d) Is not satisfied with Ethan's farming abilities.

15. Zeena believes Mattie will leave soon because ______________________________.
(a) Mattie will return to live with her own family.
(b) Mattie has found another post in town.
(c) Mattie has grown tired of Ethan's advances.
(d) Mattie will get married to Denis Eady.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ethan resists following his wife upstairs because __________________________________________.

2. When Ethan and Mattie arrive at home, they cannot find _______________________.

3. Zeena asks Ethan if Jotham Powell can _________________________.

4. Wharton compares the darkened farmhouses to ________________.

5. Mattie is encouraged to enjoy evenings out because _______________________________.

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