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. What gives Ethan's kitchen a "homelike look?"

2. Zeena is described as an old woman, although she is ____________________________.

3. What is happening at the church at midnight?

4. Ethan is unpleasantly surprised when his wife notices __________________________________.

5. Ethan and Mattie discuss the marriage of ________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the importance of duty and appearance affect the events and theme of Ethan Frome? Write an essay in which you choose three examples from the text that suggest an event or theme is affected by duty and appearance.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Considering the images of small town life Wharton creates in Ethan Frome, write an essay in which you argue for or against the promises and limitations of small town life exhibited in Starkfield. Use at least three characters or events as examples for your argument.

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