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. Zeena finally stopped criticizing Mattie when __________________________________.

2. When Ethan arrives, he ____________________________.

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

4. How has Mattie changed her appearance for Ethan?

5. Zeena's cat ____________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ethan mention to Mattie that he saw Ned and Ruth kissing earlier?

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

3. What is ironic about Mattie's greeting when Ethan arrives home?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the overall mood of Chapter 1.

10. Why is Ethan so concerned about Zeena's behavior the previous evening?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Considering the major characters of the novel, determine any character as sympathetic, and write an essay in which you defend your choice using specific examples from the text. Then, do the same with an unsympathetic character.

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