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. When Zeena opens the door, Ethan is surprised by _______________________.

2. Ethan dreads Zeena's trips to the doctor because _____________________________.

3. What is happening at the church at midnight?

4. Zeena's family gave Mattie ____________________________.

5. Ethan feels too constrained to try to touch Mattie inside the house because ____________________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Ethan and Zeena as they fall asleep at night.

4. Describe Zeena Frome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the author's use of irony in the novel, write an essay in which you argue for or against its effectiveness in revealing the message. Use specific examples of irony from the text as support, and evaluate the success or failure of each one in contributing to the message of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

In most of the chapters in the novel, Ethan's thoughts and actions are revealed through third person characterization. Considering the third person limited point of view, write an essay identifying Ethan Frome as either a sympathetic or an unsympathetic character, and discuss the influence of the narrator on Ethan's characterization.

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of the novel, Ethan loses hope in many of his dreams. Write an essay in which you follow the progression of Ethan's defeat using specific events and motifs to support your argument.

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