Ethan Frome Test | Final 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. Why does Ethan insist on sitting in the front of the sled?

2. Why has Mattie's disposition changed over the years?

3. Later, Zeena insisted _____________________________________.

4. Who, from the description Wharton offers, appears to be the healthier of the women?

5. Ethan and Jotham put off their trip into town because ________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the one rebellion Ethan finally allows himself?

2. Why is Ethan ashamed of his and Zeena's behavior in their room?

3. In what way would Ethan have "lived" if Mattie had died, according to Mrs. Hale?

4. What do Ethan and Mattie wish for, rather than living apart?

5. How does Mrs. Hale suggest the Fromes in the graveyard are different from the Fromes up at the farm?

6. What has given Zeena a new air of authority?

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

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

9. What generally happens when Ethan tries to be dishonest?

10. How does Ethan's perception of Zeena change during their argument?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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