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

2. When Ethan returned to Starkfield, he missed ____________________________.

3. The Fromes take Mattie into their home because ____________________________________.

4. Ethan claims sledding is dangerous on a night like this one because ___________________________________.

5. Ethan's love of nature does not extend to ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What concerns does Ethan Frome express about Mattie Silver throughout the chapter?

4. Why has Zeena stayed up waiting for Ethan and Mattie?

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

6. Describe the overall mood of Chapter 1.

7. Why is Ethan so concerned about Zeena's behavior the previous evening?

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

9. What was Ethan doing before he returned to Starkfield?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the characters of Denis Eady, Jotham Powell, and Andrew Hale. How has each of these male characters helped or harmed Ethan in his plans to find happiness with Mattie? Write an essay in which you describe each of these male characters' influence on Ethan Frome's actions in the text.

Essay Topic 2

How does the importance of duty and appearance affect the events and theme of Ethan Frome? Write an essay in which you choose three examples from the text that suggest an event or theme is affected by duty and appearance.

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of the novel, Ethan loses hope in many of his dreams. Write an essay in which you follow the progression of Ethan's defeat using specific events and motifs to support your argument.

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