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. Though Ethan's studies were brief, the author states that he became aware of

2. When Mattie tried stenography and bookkeeping, _________________________________.

3. Since the previous night, Ethan feels a sense of _______________.

4. Ethan immediately regrets telling Zeena he will get money from Mr. Hale because ________________________________________.

5. When Ethan arrives, he ____________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Zeena stayed up waiting for Ethan and Mattie?

2. Why does Ethan mention to Mattie that he saw Ned and Ruth kissing earlier?

3. Describe Zeena Frome.

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

5. Describe the overall mood of Chapter 1.

6. If winter has kept him "frozen" in the same old patterns, what might the coming spring promise for Ethan Frome?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the motifs of brokenness, sickness, and injury in Ethan Frome. Write an essay in which you explain the significance of any one of these motifs to the theme or message of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the characters of Denis Eady, Jotham Powell, and Andrew Hale. How has each of these male characters helped or harmed Ethan in his plans to find happiness with Mattie? Write an essay in which you describe each of these male characters' influence on Ethan Frome's actions in the text.

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