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 claims that Mattie did not see him outside the church because _____________________________________.

2. While Ethan warms himself by the stove, Mattie _______________________.

3. Mattie confesses her fear that ____________________________.

4. Ethan and Mattie do not go sledding that evening because ___________________________.

5. Ethan looks forward to the walks to meet Mattie because ______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the overall mood of Chapter 1.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters in Ethan Frome are faced with the manipulation and motivations of others throughout the text. Choose the character you believe is most effected by others' manipulations and motivations, and write an essay supporting your argument. Use specific examples from the text to help support your point.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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