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 is unpleasantly surprised when his wife notices __________________________________.

2. When Zeena opens the door, Ethan is surprised by _______________________.

3. Ethan is initially drawn to Zeena because __________________________________.

4. What motif continues to suggest a promise of happiness or well-being for Ethan at the start of Chapter 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ethan enjoy sharing with Mattie that he cannot share with Zeena?

3. Why is Zeena traveling to Bettsbridge?

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

5. What is ironic about Mattie's greeting when Ethan arrives home?

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

7. Describe the overall mood of Chapter 1.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the major characters of the novel, determine any character as sympathetic, and write an essay in which you defend your choice using specific examples from the text. Then, do the same with an unsympathetic character.

Essay Topic 3

Is Ethan Frome the hero of his own story? Considering his actions and motivations, write an essay in which you determine whether or not Ethan Frome is a heroic character.

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