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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. 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 images of small town life Wharton creates in Ethan Frome, write an essay in which you argue for or against the promises and limitations of small town life exhibited in Starkfield. Use at least three characters or events as examples for your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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