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. Mattie is encouraged to enjoy evenings out because _______________________________.

2. Ethan tries to avoid accompanying his wife to bed by claiming ________________________________.

3. Zeena may have become sickly because ______________________________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why doesn't Ethan protest Zeena's costly doctor visit?

4. Describe Zeena Frome.

5. Describe the overall mood of Chapter 1.

6. Why is Zeena traveling to Bettsbridge?

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

8. Why does Zeena's family refuse to help Mattie when her father dies?

9. Why does Ethan give up on the hope of money from Andrew Hale?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hal Borland said, "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Consdering this quote, write an essay in which you argue whether or not Ethan's symbolic "winter" has lasted forever, or whether spring has come to him in any way. Use specific examples to support your text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Martin Luther said that "Thoughts pay no duty." Considering the difference between Ethan Frome's thoughts and his many actions of duty performed in the novel, write an essay in which you defend, refute or qualify Luther's quote using Ethan Frome as support for your argument.

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