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

2. As Ethan walks through the trees he passes _______________________________.

3. Wharton compares Mattie's hair to "a drift of mist on the moon," which suggests ___________________________.

4. Ethan resists following his wife upstairs because __________________________________________.

5. What brought Ethan back to the farm, ending his studies at Worcester?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Ethan finally attempt a physical connection between himself and Mattie?

2. Why is Ethan afraid to be alone on the farm?

3. Describe the overall mood of Chapter 1.

4. Why does Ethan mention to Mattie that he saw Ned and Ruth kissing earlier?

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

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

7. Why does Mattie feel she may have displeased Zeena?

8. Why does Ethan find Zeena's silences unsettling?

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

10. What, according to Ethan, is responsible for the biggest change in Mattie since she arrived in Starkfield?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whose fault is the eventual state of the Fromes? Write an essay in which you consider the final state of the Fromes, financially, socially, and emotionally speaking, and determine one character who is ultimately at fault for their decline. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the roles available to women in the novel, write an essay in which you analyze the effect of any female character's actions on major events. Determine whether the character is responsible for her actions, or whether her role has dictated the outcome of events.

Essay Topic 3

Considering the author's use of irony in the novel, write an essay in which you argue for or against its effectiveness in revealing the message. Use specific examples of irony from the text as support, and evaluate the success or failure of each one in contributing to the message of the novel.

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