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. Whose presence at breakfast compels Ethan to hide his happiness at being alone with Mattie?

2. What solution does Mattie propose to their situation?

3. Ethan recalls that Mattie's few belongings had _____________________________________.

4. Ethan cannot buy glue from Michael Eady's store because _______________________________.

5. When Zeena arrives home, she ______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the motifs of brokenness, sickness, and injury in Ethan Frome. Write an essay in which you explain the significance of any one of these motifs to the theme or message of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of the novel, Ethan loses hope in many of his dreams. Write an essay in which you follow the progression of Ethan's defeat using specific events and motifs to support your argument.

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