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

2. Zeena objects to doctors' suggestions ___________________________.

3. What new clues indicate Zeena's continued satisfaction over her victory?

4. Before they strike the elm, Ethan has a last vision of __________________________.

5. Ethan believes that Zeena's one pleasure is __________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Mattie as the narrator sees her.

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

10. Who finally takes action to determine the outcome of Ethan and Mattie's situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the importance of duty and appearance affect the events and theme of Ethan Frome? Write an essay in which you choose three examples from the text that suggest an event or theme is affected by duty and appearance.

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

Many images and ideas in Ethan Frome reflect isolation and disconnection for the main characters. Considering these ideas, write an essay in which you use examples of isolation and disconnection to explore, explain, rationalize, or defend any character's actions throughout the novel.

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