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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. What gives Ethan's kitchen a "homelike look?"

2. At the end of the chapter, Ethan's last thoughts are about _____________________________.

3. Mattie quickly moves from Zeena's chair as if ____________________________________.

4. When Mattie tried stenography and bookkeeping, _________________________________.

5. Mattie is afraid ______________________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Zeena's continued good mood show about her character?

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Mattie upset to learn that the Fromes expect her to leave them someday?

7. Why is Ethan willing to overlook his pride to renew his request for money from Andrew Hale?

8. What clues does Ethan have that Zeena's return will not be a pleasant one?

9. How do Zeena and Mattie get along after the accident?

10. Describe Zeena Frome.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The New York Times said, "The secret of [Ethan Frome's] greatness is the stark human drama of it;...it is plain, raw, first-hand human stuff." In your essay, defend, refute, or qualify the Times' review, identifying the novel's significance to the human experiences of love, duty, or loss.

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