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. How does Zeena reply to Mattie's remarks?

2. Ethan needs to go into town to run what errand?

3. Ethan believes Mattie understands ________________________________.

4. Ethan returns home to find _____________________________________.

5. In the morning, Ethan convinces himself 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. Who finally takes action to determine the outcome of Ethan and Mattie's situation?

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

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

5. What are Ethan and Mattie finally free to speak about openly now that Mattie is leaving?

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

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

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

9. What is significant about Zeena's behavior that day?

10. What inspires Ethan to try to leave Zeena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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