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. Why isn't Zeena fooled by Ethan's claim that the cat broke her pickle dish?

2. In his hurry to get be in the house with Mattie, Ethan neglects ________________________________.

3. Ethan's goal is to reach Starkfield ____________________________.

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

5. Ethan invites Jotham to dinner because _______________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Considering the major characters of the novel, determine any character as sympathetic, and write an essay in which you defend your choice using specific examples from the text. Then, do the same with an unsympathetic character.

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