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 does Zeena claim the doctor has ordered her to do?

2. When Zeena arrives home, she ______________________________.

3. When Ethan sees Zeena he is moved by what emotion?

4. What surprises Mrs. Hale and her mother?

5. What pleasure do Mattie and Ethan allow themselves before the train comes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What inspires Ethan to try to leave Zeena?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the roles available to women in the novel, write an essay in which you analyze the effect of any female character's actions on major events. Determine whether the character is responsible for her actions, or whether her role has dictated the outcome of events.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the images of small town life Wharton creates in Ethan Frome, write an essay in which you argue for or against the promises and limitations of small town life exhibited in Starkfield. Use at least three characters or events as examples for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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