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. What emotion does Mrs. Hale express for Ethan?

2. When Zeena suggests that Mattie has "taken from her" the one she cared about most of all, she is referring to _____________________________.

3. Ethan intends to hurry home for dinner so that __________________________________-.

4. For Ethan, Zeena personifies ______________________________-.

5. Throughout the morning, Ethan continues to feel a spirit of ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What might the weather foreshadow about Ethan's plans for the day?

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

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

4. Why does Ruth Hale believe Ethan Frome suffers so badly?

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

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

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

8. Aside from Mattie, where does Ethan continue to find inspiration and beauty?

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

10. Why is Mattie forced to move her trunk by herself until Ethan comes to help her?

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

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

Consider Wharton's use of symbols such as the horse, the cold, and the farmhouse to establish Frome's character throughout the novel. Then write an essay in which you identify at least three symbols that represent qualities of Ethan's character.

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