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. What brought Ethan back to the farm, ending his studies at Worcester?

2. Zeena's cat ____________________________.

3. Ethan dreads Zeena's trips to the doctor because _____________________________.

4. Wharton compares Mattie's hair to "a drift of mist on the moon," which suggests ___________________________.

5. Ethan asks Mattie _________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Zeena spend her time doing since the accident?

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

4. Why doesn't Ethan feel he can refuse Zeena's demand to send Mattie away?

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

6. What does Ethan allow himself to fantasize about during his walk home with Mattie?

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

8. How does Ethan's perception of Zeena change during their argument?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Considering the contrasting motifs of cold and warmth or light and darkness, write an essay in which you explore the significance of Wharton's motif to the theme of her novel. Use specific examples of the motifs as support for your argument.

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