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

3. Mattie Silver has lived with the Fromes for _______________.

4. Ethan is initially drawn to Zeena because __________________________________.

5. Wharton compares the chill in the Frome's kitchen to ______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ethan's reaction to finding Ned and Ruth Varnum kissing among the trees?

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

3. What is Ethan's attitude toward Denis Eady? Why?

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

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

6. What concerns does Ethan Frome express about Mattie Silver throughout the chapter?

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

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

9. What images might foreshadow trouble or death in the chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whose fault is the eventual state of the Fromes? Write an essay in which you consider the final state of the Fromes, financially, socially, and emotionally speaking, and determine one character who is ultimately at fault for their decline. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Wharton's use of symbols such as the horse, the cold, and the farmhouse to establish Frome's character throughout the novel. Then write an essay in which you identify at least three symbols that represent qualities of Ethan's character.

Essay Topic 3

Considering the roles available to women in the novel, write an essay in which you analyze the effect of any female character's actions on major events. Determine whether the character is responsible for her actions, or whether her role has dictated the outcome of events.

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