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 Ethan warms himself by the stove, Mattie _______________________.

2. Zeena finally stopped criticizing Mattie when __________________________________.

3. Ethan tries to avoid accompanying his wife to bed by claiming ________________________________.

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

5. Ethan and Mattie discuss the marriage of ________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What, according to Ethan, is responsible for the biggest change in Mattie since she arrived in Starkfield?

4. Why is Ethan concerned about Zeena's behavior toward himself and Mattie?

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

6. In what way does Ethan finally attempt a physical connection between himself and Mattie?

7. What is the atmosphere between Ethan and Mattie like after dinner?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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