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. While Mattie dances, Ethan notices ________________________________.

2. Zeena believes Mattie will leave soon because ______________________________.

3. Ethan claims he needs to collect money from Mr. Hale because ____________________________________.

4. Ethan tries to disguise Mattie's unskilled efforts at housekeeping by ______________________________.

5. Zeena's cat ____________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why doesn't Ethan protest Zeena's costly doctor visit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consider Zeena's sickness in the novel as symbolic of her personality or intentions. Write an essay in which you consider the symbolic meaning of Zeena's sickness in the novel, and discuss its significance to the theme of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Hal Borland said, "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Consdering this quote, write an essay in which you argue whether or not Ethan's symbolic "winter" has lasted forever, or whether spring has come to him in any way. Use specific examples to support your text.

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