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. Before they strike the elm, Ethan has a last vision of __________________________.

2. After the sled accident, Mattie _____________________________________.

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

4. Wharton describes Zeena as possessing an air of ___________________.

5. The day's bad weather foreshadows _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Ethan ashamed of his and Zeena's behavior in their room?

4. What inspires Ethan to try to leave Zeena?

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

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

7. Describe Mattie as the narrator sees her.

8. Why does Ruth Hale believe Ethan Frome suffers so badly?

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

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 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 2

In most of the chapters in the novel, Ethan's thoughts and actions are revealed through third person characterization. Considering the third person limited point of view, write an essay identifying Ethan Frome as either a sympathetic or an unsympathetic character, and discuss the influence of the narrator on Ethan's characterization.

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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