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. As they head into town, Ethan points out ____________________________________________.

2. When Zeena arrives home, she ______________________________.

3. Why does Ethan think Zeena has not arrived at home yet?

4. In his study, Ethan toys with the idea of ________________________________________.

5. What happens to Ethan's horse?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Zeena spend her time doing since the accident?

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

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

6. Why isn't Ethan prepared for Zeena's arrival when he gets home?

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

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

9. What inspires Ethan to try to leave Zeena?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Martin Luther said that "Thoughts pay no duty." Considering the difference between Ethan Frome's thoughts and his many actions of duty performed in the novel, write an essay in which you defend, refute or qualify Luther's quote using Ethan Frome as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

The New York Times said, "The secret of [Ethan Frome's] greatness is the stark human drama of 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.

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