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

2. Why has no stranger set foot in the Fromes' house in twenty years?

3. How does Zeena reply to Mattie's remarks?

4. For Ethan, Zeena personifies ______________________________-.

5. Zeena has only made arrangements for _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Zeena's true purpose in hiring a girl to take care of her and their home?

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

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

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

5. How is Ethan once again annoyed by Denis Eady in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Considering the contrasting motifs of cold and warmth or light and darkness, write an essay in which you explore the significance of Wharton's motif to the theme of her novel. Use specific examples of the motifs as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Is Ethan Frome the hero of his own story? Considering his actions and motivations, write an essay in which you determine whether or not Ethan Frome is a heroic character.

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