Ethan Frome Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 gives Ethan's kitchen a "homelike look?"

2. At the end of the chapter, Ethan's last thoughts are about _____________________________.

3. Mattie quickly moves from Zeena's chair as if ____________________________________.

4. When Mattie tried stenography and bookkeeping, _________________________________.

5. Mattie is afraid ______________________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Zeena's continued good mood show about her character?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What clues does Ethan have that Zeena's return will not be a pleasant one?

9. How do Zeena and Mattie get along after the accident?

10. Describe Zeena Frome.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider the minor characters in the novel, such as Harmon Gow, Jotham Powell, Andrew Hale, or Ruth Varnum Hale, and write an essay in which you describe the influence of any minor character's actions on the events or theme of the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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