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. Zeena claims the need for a hired girl forces her to ___________________________.

2. Ethan's room is unusable for several months of the year because ______________________________________.

3. What task do Ethan and Mattie carry out together?

4. Who has been worrying about the narrator's safety?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ethan claim about the state of his marriage in the letter to Zeena, and what does this show about Ethan's character?

2. What reason does Ethan give Mattie for Zeena sending her away?

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

4. Why doesn't Ethan feel he can refuse Zeena's demand to send Mattie away?

5. Why isn't Ethan prepared for Zeena's arrival when he gets home?

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

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

8. What prevents Jotham from staying for dinner as he usually does, and why does this bother Ethan?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters in Ethan Frome are faced with the manipulation and motivations of others throughout the text. Choose the character you believe is most effected by others' manipulations and motivations, and write an essay supporting your argument. Use specific examples from the text to help support your point.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the characters of Denis Eady, Jotham Powell, and Andrew Hale. How has each of these male characters helped or harmed Ethan in his plans to find happiness with Mattie? Write an essay in which you describe each of these male characters' influence on Ethan Frome's actions in the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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