Ethan Frome Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lying in bed the previous night, Ethan regretted __________________________.

2. Which of her partners offers Mattie a ride home?

3. Wharton compares the chill in the Frome's kitchen to ______________________________.

4. What spark in Ethan had not been completely extinguished by the Starkfield winters?

5. Who visited Mattie while Ethan was away during the day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Zeena's appearance when she opens the door for Ethan and Mattie.

2. Why is Ethan concerned about Zeena's behavior toward himself and Mattie?

3. What is the atmosphere between Ethan and Mattie like after dinner?

4. What is Ethan's attitude toward Denis Eady? Why?

5. What images might foreshadow trouble or death in the chapter?

6. Why did Ethan find it easier to put his arm around Mattie when they were outside together than when they are in his home?

7. Describe Ethan and Zeena as they fall asleep at night.

8. If winter has kept him "frozen" in the same old patterns, what might the coming spring promise for Ethan Frome?

9. What is Ethan's reaction to finding Ned and Ruth Varnum kissing among the trees?

10. Why are Ethan and Mattie continually reminded of Zeena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the images of small town life Wharton creates in Ethan Frome, write an essay in which you argue for or against the promises and limitations of small town life exhibited in Starkfield. Use at least three characters or events as examples for your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Wharton's use of symbols such as the horse, the cold, and the farmhouse to establish Frome's character throughout the novel. Then write an essay in which you identify at least three symbols that represent qualities of Ethan's character.

Essay Topic 3

Many images and ideas in Ethan Frome reflect isolation and disconnection for the main characters. Considering these ideas, write an essay in which you use examples of isolation and disconnection to explore, explain, rationalize, or defend any character's actions throughout the novel.

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